High-tech all-new Kia Picanto unveiled

 20 May 2017 - 23:22

High-tech all-new Kia Picanto unveiled
Mohamed Maali (third left), CEO of Al Attiya Motors and Trading Company (AMTC), and Isam El Bashier (second left), CRM Manager, along with other officials during the launch of the all-new Kia Picanto at La Cigale Hotel. Pic: Kammutty VP/ The Peninsula

The Peninsula

The all-new Kia Picanto city car was revealed to the media in Qatar for the first time yesterday after making its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

The new Picanto will go on sale across the Middle East from the start of Q2 2017. Now in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto brings a new, more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation and promises to be the most versatile car in its class. The all-new Picanto has been created by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a youthful, energetic look. Briefed to produce an innovative, bold and fun-looking urban city car, designers have followed up on the mandate to full effect, giving the new Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder body lines.

With the wheelbase extended to 2,400mm (an increase of 15mm), the wheels have been pushed further out to the corners of the car for a 25mm shorter front overhang, making 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-around headlamps. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower grille enhance the Picanto’s more confident new ‘face’. In profile, the new Picanto is characterised by distinctive lines running along the side skirts, shoulder and around the wheel arches, and subtly-sculpted body surfacing – again, each helping to create a more confident on-road design and visually ‘stretching’ the car for a greater sense of ride stability – although the Picanto is no longer than the outgoing model, at 3,595mm 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 longer rear overhang – up 10mm, to 520mm – for a more assured posture. The all-new Picanto will offers buyers greater potential for customisation than ever before, with a choice of 11 vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out. Among the six new colours available to buyers are ‘Lime Light’, ‘Shiny

Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop Orange’, ‘Sparkling Silver’ and ‘Celestial Blue’ pearlescent metallic paint finishes.

The Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most basic form, and customers can select one of four aluminium alloy wheel designs, ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.

The exterior of the Picanto is also complemented by new projection headlamps with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights. For the first time, Kia will also offer the Picanto in a new sporty chic specification, inspired by the sportier appearance of the company’s higher-performance ‘GT’ models, such as the Optima GT.

The exterior of the new Picanto is completed with red, silver and black highlights in the grille, side intakes, along the side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin exhausts. Underpinning the all-new Picanto’s quicker, more responsive steering is a range of highly efficient small-capacity gasoline engines. Serving to minimise the weight over the front axle, the downsized engine line-up also delivers the sprightly acceleration and immediate powertrain responses that customers expect of an urban car.