The all-new Kia Picanto city car made its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Worldwide Motor Show. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.
Now in its 3rd-era, the new Kia Picanto draws a new, more youthful and powerful character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a higherererer-highererer highererer highererer high quality, higherererer-tech new cabin, the current model also offers traders greater potential for customisation and statements to be the most versatile car in its class.
The new Picanto will be powered by one of three petrol engines, for example Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine techniques on sale during Q4 2017, it will be the most powerful engine ever given in the Picanto, and the first time this car has given a turbocharged petrol engine.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments:
“The Picanto is one of Kia’s best-selling models about the world, and has a very strong fan base here in Europe. Our European customers have distributed to us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto. They love its low operating prices its compact dimension for city at the rear of and the higherererer level of gear available for the cash on. The new model retains these benefits and now offers a new level of dynamism and effectiveness as well as introducing the current technologies for in-car connectivity and enhanced safety. For the following the following these reasons we are confident that the new Picanto will help us additional build our profile and market share in this very competitive segment.”
Worldwide, more than 1.4 zillion of the current-era Picanto have been sold since it was launched in 2011, with more than 300,000 of those sold in Europe. Despite the car nearing the end of its lifecycle in showrooms, Kia sold more than 55,000 Picanto models in Europe in 2016, representing year-on-year sales growth of 3 per cent.
The all-new Kia Picanto has been created by Kia’s design facilities in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a youthful powerful look.
Briefed to produce an sophisticated bold and fun-looking urban city car, designers have adopted up on the mandate to full effect, providing the new Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder body lines.
With the wheelbase lengthy to 2,400 mm (an increase of 15 mm), the wheels have been pressured additional out to the corners of the car for a 25 mm shorter front overhang, producing the car look more planted on the road. Strong, straight lines run horizontally across the front of the car, emphasising the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and angular new wrap-about headlamps. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower grille enhance the Picanto’s more confident new ‘face’.
In profile the new Kia Picanto is characterised by unique lines operating alengthy the side skirts, shoulder and about the wheel arches, and subtly-sculpted body surfacing – back again each assisting to create a more confident on-road design and aesthetically ‘stretching’ the car for a greater really feel of ride stability – although the Picanto is no lengthyer than the outgoing model, at 3,595 mm in length.
The new model adopts Kia’s wide C-pillar as a design motif, which stands more upright than that of the previous model. Combined with a lengthyer rear overhang – up 10 mm, to 520 mm – for a more assured posture.
The all-new Picanto will offers traders greater potential for customisation than ever before, with a choice of 11 powerful paint smoothness produced to make the car stand out. Among the six new colours available to traders are ‘Lime Light’, ‘Shiny Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop Ocollection’, ‘Sparkling Silver’ and ‘Celestial Blue’ pearlescent metallic paint smoothness. The Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most basic form, and customers can select one of 4 aluminium alloy wheel designs ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.
The surface area of the Kia Picanto is also complemented by new projection headlamps with LED indicators and LED daytime operating lights, and, from Q3 2017, a delicate shark-fin antenna on the roof to replace the existing aerial.
For the following the following the first time, Kia will also offer the Picanto in a new ‘GT-Line’ specification, influenced by the sportier appearance of the company’s highererererer-effectiveness ‘GT’ models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line specification, the surface area of the new Picanto is carried out with red, silver and dark highererererlights in the grille, side intakes, alengthy the side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin exhausts.
Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have created a more modern, delicate cabin than the second-era model, with new materials and style placing a greater really feel of highererer highererer highererer high quality for occupants. The predominantly horizontal design adds greater visual width to the internal highererererlighting the amplified cabin dimension.
The dashboard style is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) sitting at the middle of the centre console and dance many of the car’s controls additional up into the generater’s line of sight. A satin chrome-effect strip tests across the dashboard for a highererererer highererer highererer highererer high quality ambience, and large, vertical air vents at possibly end ‘bookend’ the front passenger compartment.
Customisation is crucial to the appeal of the new Kia Picanto’s cabin. Even though dark and grey cloth seats are available as common traders can also personalise their new Picanto with one of five optional colour packs, with contrast synthetic leather upholstery and stitching. Open up at launch, these colour packs are:
The contrast colours of the seats can be paired with optional new colour pads on the door armrests, echoing the contrast scheme selected for the seats. Finally, the Picanto’s new GT-Line derivative will be equipped with a D-cut steering wheel. The internal of the GT-Line model will be available with the full collection of colour packs.
Practicality and packaging
Despite its on-road footprint last the same as that of the outgoing model, the all-new Kia Picanto will offer traders best-in-class packaging efficiency, with maximum versatility resulting from its larger cabin and class-leading boot capacity.
The Picanto suits the growing trend towards five-door models in the A-segment, with Kia discontinuing the three-door model for the 3rd era car. Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no larger than the model it replaces, at 1,485 mm in peak 3,595 mm lengthy and 1,595 mm wide. The new platform statements a lengthyer wheelbase and lengthyer rear overhang, however, freeing up more room in the cabin and boot (the front overhang is reduced by 25 mm, to 675 mm).
Inside, the new Picanto provides occupants with more leg- and head-room than best-selling rivals in the A-segment, while a lower step peak makes for easier ingress and egress. The base of the dashboard has been moved up-wards by 15 mm for greater knee and leg room for front passengers. The new Picanto is available with possibly 4 or five seats, with the rear bench split into possibly two or three seats maintaining track of on buyer preference (1.2-litre models are five-seat only).
The new central armrest for front passengers can slide back and forth up to 55 mm – a first in the class – and covers a small storage compartment produced to match a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. At the base of the centre console is an open full-shelf tray to store mobile gear and other small items with retractable twin cupholders which can fold away to yield more storage room.
Beneath the sun visors in the front of the cabin, the vanity mirror also amenities whitened new LED lights and a strip of mood lighting. By providing the surrounding glow of a make-up room mirror, the Kia Picanto’s new vanity mirror makes it easier for occupants to apply make-up, check their hair-style, or alter their hat, scarf or tie.
The boot develops from 200 litres (VDA) to a maximum 255 litres – the most of any car in the class – and also amenities a two-step boot floor which can be raised or lowered by 145 mm to create additional room as included as well as create an under-floor storage area. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats can be folded down totally flat with a one-touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also boosts cargo capacity to 1,010 litres.
Comfort levels are also altered. Where the seats in many A-segment rivals provide one-piece back rests with integrated headrests, the new Picanto gives traders fully-alterable headrests, which move up and down and tilt forwards and backwards. The Picanto’s new seats are also more acquainted for lengthyer activities with the same seat-base materials and construction found in larger Kia models (such as the new Optima). In the rear, the angle of the back rest is more reclined – from 25 to 27 degrees – for a more informal posture, and just a little more prominent side bolsters on the rear bench additional improve comfort and support during quicker cornering.
Ride and handling
The outgoing Kia Picanto won plaudits for its combination of immediate handling remarks and a acquainted ride. Engineers have emulated these characteristics in the new model, while producing a series of modifications to the suspension – independent by MacPherson strut at the front; torsion beam at the rear – to realise greater ride stability and quicker more enjoyable handling remarks.
Designed to reduce the body roll angle under cornering by up to 1° and enable more immediate reactions to steering inputs, the Picanto’s anti-roll bars are 2 per cent stiffer and presented just a little lower at the front, and 5% stiffer and just a little highererererer at the rear. The Kia Picanto’s altered dimension – with a lengthyer wheelbase and just a little shorter front overhang – also enable the pitch centre of the car to be placed additional towards the rear of the car, assisting to naturally reduce ‘nose dive’ under braking without firming up the suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.
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A new steering rack means the steering ratio has been quickened by 13% over the outgoing Picanto, from 16.5:1 to 14.3:1. Not only does this enable more immediate remarks to generater inputs, but slowing down the turns of the wheel lock-to-lock (from 3.4 to 2.8 turns) makes the Picanto even easier to generate at low speeds and in the city. With the front wheel pressured closer to the front of the vehicle, resulting in a shorter overhang, the reduced weight ahead of the front axle reduces inertia for more agile handling.
The new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer traders torque vectoring by braking – an additional function of the At the Stability Control system (ESC; see ‘Safety’). The adoption of this new era for an A-segment car means the Picanto retains a highererererer degree of handling stability and security under cornering, while assisting to reduce understeer during harder cornering.
Engines and transmissions
Underpinning the all-new Kia Picanto’s quicker more responsive steering is a collection of highererererly adept small-capacity petrol engines. Serving to minimise the weight over the front axle, the downsized engine line-up also delivers the sprightly acceleration and immediate powertrain remarks that customers expect of an urban car.
Three petrol engines will be available to traders. The 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines have been carried over from the outgoing Picanto, with a collection of advancements to improve efficiency and generateability. From Q4 2017, Kia’s new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) power unit will also be available, offering turbocharged petrol effectiveness in the Picanto for the first time ever. All engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. Idle Quit & Go is available on certain manual models, while the 1.25-litre MPI engine is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.0-litre MPI engine provides the entry point into the Picanto collection, producing 67 ps at 5,500 rpm and 96 Nm torque. The most fuel adept engine available to Picanto traders, the 1.0-litre unit is capable of producing just 89 g/km of carbon dioxide (4-seat model; New European Drive Cycle, combined), down from 95 g/km on the outgoing model (a 6.3 per cent reduction). Upgrades to the engine include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, slowing down the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump also reduces mechanical friction.
The mid-collection 1.25-litre MPI creates peak power of 84 ps, and 122 Nm of torque. Kia Picanto models with this engine will emit 104 g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle, compared with 106 g/km for the existing Picanto. For the following the following its application in the new Picanto, Kia engineers have optimized the valve time of the engine’s dual CVVT (continuously-variable valve time) system, and have also adopted a similar new cooling system and shut-off valve to the 1.0-litre MPI engine. New low-friction colored piston rings also help to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency.
The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, available in the Picanto for the first time, creates 100 ps and 172 Nm torque, the highererererest power and torque outputs ever given in Kia’s A-segment model. The engine amenities a single-scroll turbocharger for second acceleration, as well as an integrated exhaust manifold, and a higherererer-pressure (200 bar) fuel supply. Laser-drilled injectors deliver comprehensive amounts of fuel into the cylinders to accurately control combustion, delivering secondaneous accelerative remarks and contributing to the engine’s higherererer efficiency and low fuel consumption.
Refinement has been dramatically altered in the new Picanto, with a collection of modifications produced to additional isolate the cabin from vibrations and seem from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car that offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, the 2 at idle and at a full-time cruise.
New refinement measures adopted for the current Kia Picanto include a new soundproofing solar panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, while expandable sound-absorbent foam has been utilized to lower areas of the A- and B-pillars. Beneath the bonnet, a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake help to isolate engine seem from the cabin. The physiology of the engine mounts has also been altered to counteract engine vibrations. Furthermore, the windscreen wipers have been lowered by 6 mm to reduce the level of wind ‘roar’ created at the base of the windscreen
As a result of these upgrades, the new Picanto creates a quietest-in-class 39 dB of seem at idle – 3 dB less than the current A-segment leader – and 68 dB at a full-time cruise.
Buyers of the new Kia Picanto will have access to some of the most sophisticated infotainment and comfort and ease technologies available in the A-segment, while still viewing the same higherererer value for cash on requested of a Kia vehicle.
The large, ‘floating’ 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard buildings a navigation system with 3D map, and is available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera with powerful directions is also on offer to traders who want an additional level of assurance when completing parking manoeuvres. An optional wireless smartphone charger and USB port, discovered at the base of the centre console, ensure generaters can maintain mobile gear charged on the move.
Safety and body
The new Picanto is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, with full the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) compared to the outgoing model and a selection of powerful safety technologies.
With a stronger body than ever before, 44% of the new Kia Picanto’s bodyshell is cast in AHSS (up from 22 per cent), slowing down body-in-white weight by 23 kg while improving tensile strength by 12 per cent. The new, stronger steel has been used to reinforce the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, strengthening the middle physiology of the car. The new bodyshell also uses more than eight times the quantity of structural adhesive found in the outgoing model (67 metres of joins throughout the physiology are now reinforced with the adhesive). Overall, static torsional stiffness has been altered by 32 per cent.
The stronger, lighter body is supported by six common airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), and an optional knee airbag, as well as a collection of powerful safety amenities. These include common Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with At the Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the generater maintain the car on course.
In addition, the new Picanto will be available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – a crucial era adopted to enhance safety in the predominantly city and urban environments in which the majority of customers generate their Picanto. An indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is also available.
Maintaining the value for cash on and higherererer highererer highererer highererer high quality that has made the current-era Kia Picanto so popular, the all-new Picanto will be sold as common with Kia’s unique 7-Year, 100,000m warranty when it techniques on-sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.