All-new Kia Picanto majors on quality, technology and versatility
- Bold, new exterior design and modern cabin with ‘floating’ touchscreen
- Android and Apple smartphone integration
- Quieter, more spacious cabin, with the largest cargo capacity in its class
- Stronger body with addition of more Advanced High Strength Steel
- Enhanced handling through comprehensive localised tuning
Noosa, May 2, 2017 – Kia’s next generation Picanto has landed in Australia with new levels of refinement, technology, quality and unbeatable value.
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 current Picanto was a toe in the water for us in a segment which was, to be honest, struggling,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith explained. “We believed there was life in the segment for the right car and the fact that what was an ageing model is now the most popular in the segment proved that to be true.
“The new model has improvements across a huge range of specifications and while we are not expecting massive growth in the segment, we believe there is still life and there is still a sound reason to be a part of it.”
Mr Meredith said that Australian buyers have “told us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto, they love its low running costs, its compact dimensions for city driving, the high level of equipment available for the money and KMAu’s industry-leading 7-year Warranty package.
“The new model retains these strengths, with the addition of an exceptional level of dynamism and performance, as well as the latest technologies for in-car connectivity.”
For the Australian market the new Picanto will be available in a single highly specified model with a substantial upgrade in equipment including the addition of Apple i-Play, Android Auto, cruise control, dusk sensing headlamps, driver’s safety window and dynamic parking guidelines.
The new Picanto is powered by the proven 1.25-litre four-cylinder engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic at $15,690 drive away and, for the first time in Australia, a 5-speed manual at $14,190.
Buyers will have a choice of eight vibrant colours with five new pearlescent finishes _ ‘Lime Green’, ‘Signal Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop Orange’ and ‘Sparkling Silver’. Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels.
Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin than the second-generation model, with new materials and layout adding a greater sense of quality.
The dashboard layout is more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) sitting at the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car’s controls further up into the driver’s line of sight.
Despite its on-road footprint remaining the same as that of the outgoing model, the all-new Picanto will offer buyers best-in-class packaging efficiency, with maximum versatility resulting from its larger cabin and class-leading boot capacity.
Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no larger than the model it replaces, at 1485mm in height, 3595mm long and 1595mm wide. The new platform boasts a longer wheelbase and longer rear overhang, however, freeing up more space in the cabin and boot (the front overhang is reduced by 25mm, to 675mm).
Inside, the new Picanto provides occupants with more leg- and head-room than rivals in the A-segment, while a lower step height makes for easier ingress and egress.
The boot grows from 200 litres (VDA) to a maximum 255 litres – the most of any car in the class. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats can be folded down completely flat with a one-touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also boosts cargo capacity to 1010 litres.
The outgoing Kia Picanto won plaudits for its combination of immediate handling responses and a comfortable ride. Engineers have emulated these characteristics in the new model, while making 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 responses.
KMAu’s renowned ride and handling team have given the new Picanto a thorough make-over for a more refined ride, sportier characteristics and steering absent of the “nervous” feel often associated with smallcars.
The new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer buyers torque vectoring by braking – an additional function of the Electronic Stability Control system.
Refinement has been dramatically improved in the new Picanto, with a range of modifications designed to further isolate the cabin from vibrations and noise from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car that offers cabin refinement, both at idle and at a steady cruise, above expectation for the segment.
New refinement measures adopted for the latest Picanto include a new soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, while expandable sound-absorbent foam has been applied to lower sections of the A- and B-pillars.
Beneath the bonnet, a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake help to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has also been revised to counteract engine vibrations. Furthermore, the windscreen wipers have been lowered by 6mm to reduce the level of wind ‘roar’ generated at the base of the windscreen
As a result of these upgrades, the new Picanto produces a quietest-in-class 39 dB of noise at idle and 68 dB at a steady cruise.
Buyers of the new Kia Picanto will have access to some of the most advanced infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment, while still enjoying the same high value for money expected of a Kia vehicle.
The large, ‘floating’ 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard is available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines is also standard to assure and additional level of visibility and safety when reversing and parking.
The new Picanto is the sturdiest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) compared to the outgoing model and a selection of active safety technologies.
The stronger, lighter body is supported by six standard airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), as well as a range of active safety features. These include standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course.
aintaining the value for money and high quality that has made the current-generation Picanto so popular, the all-new Picanto will benefit from Kia’s industry-leading 7-year Warranty, 7-year Capped Price Service and 7-year Roadside Assist.
The Picanto 5-speed manual will be $14,190 (RRP) while the 4-speed automatic is $15,690 drive away.