Only the Hyundai i10 and the Toyota Aygo lead the Kia Picanto in the small car segment here in Ireland. It has been a real success for the Korean brand and now Kia bosses hope that the new version will push the Picanto up the list.
While sales of A segment cars is not great in Ireland, in other European countries, where the city streets are congested and parking is difficult these little cars do quite well. The new Picanto is aimed firmly in that direction and they expect it to be popular in Ireland, too.
It also meets the increasing trend towards five-door models in the A-segment, so Kia is discontinuing the three-door model for this, the third generation car.
The new Picanto will be powered by one of three petrol engines, including Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine goes on sale during Q4 2017, it will be the most powerful engine ever offered in the Picanto, and the first time this car has offered a turbocharged petrol engine.
For the first time, Kia will also offer the Picanto in a new ‘GT-Line’ specification, inspired by the sportier appearance of the company’s higher-performance ‘GT’ models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line specification, 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.
Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin, with new materials and layout adding a greater sense of quality for occupants. The dashboard layout is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen 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. A satin chrome-effect strip runs across the dashboard for a higher quality ambience, and large, vertical air vents at either end ‘bookend’ the front passenger compartment.
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