Created in collaboration by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto boasts a youthful, energetic look, using its new dimensions and bold body lines for a more assertive stance. A performance-inspired GT-Line model is available for the first time.
Inside, the new model’s high-quality, high-tech cabin features a ‘floating’ seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. New in-car technologies and connectivity features including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a wireless smartphone charger. The new model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation than ever before, with 11 exterior paint colours and a range of interior colour packs for buyers to choose from.
The new Picanto has a larger cabin than many of its rivals, and the largest boot capacity of any city car, measuring 255 litres. New measures to address noise, vibration and harshness will make it one of the most refined cars in its class. Safety is also improved, with a strong new bodyshell featuring twice the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel compared to the outgoing model. The Picanto is the first car in its class to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking.
From launch this summer, the new Picanto will be available with 1.0 and 1.25-litre gasoline engines, with CO2 emissions from just 89 g/km. This winter, Kia will also offer the new model with the company’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit, producing 99bhp.