Kia Picanto along with Kia Cerato, Sorento and Sportage SUV showcased in India to prospective dealers
Kia is preparing to enter Indian market on a full swing and is on a ‘Roadshow’ to attract prospective dealers. A few models from its global lineup have been showcased to them including the Cerato sedan, Sorento and Sportage SUVs. But the first on the list for market introduction is expected to the Picanto hatchback targetting the masses.
The latest Kia Picanto made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The GT-line spec of the A-segment hatchback has a certain youthful presence and is the catchiest of the lot. Rivalling against the likes of Volkswagen Up and Ford ka+ in the international markets, the Picanto is the first city car offered with five doors to appeal for more conventional customers.
It shares underpinnings with the Rio and come equipped with a centrally-mounted floating touchscreen infotainment system bordered by piano-black glossy trim providing latest in-car technology to the occupants. There is a three-spoke sporty steering wheel with mounted controls and the centre console is brimmed with buttons and dials while middle AC vents in the dashboard sit just below the touchscreen display.
Developed by the South Korean brand’s design studios in Namyang (Korea) and Frankfurt (Germany), the new Picanto comes with a great deal of personalisation options as well with different trims and upholstery colours. It has 15 mm longer wheelbase compared to its predecessor to offer additional interior room as wheels are pushed to their edges.
Globally, the Picanto gains a range of vibrant colour schemes with 11 paint choices. With more cabin and cargo space than competitors, it has a shorter front overhang and longer rear overhang. The new Picanto measures a length of 3,595 mm as its predecessor and 1,595 mm width while standing 1,485 mm tall. The city runaround also comprises of latest safety and assistance technologies.
The Picanto has its own distinctive appeal within the brand and bears a busy front portion with sleeker LED headlamps, signature grille assembly, flared wheel arches and C-shaped tail lamps. The 2017 Picanto takes power from one of three gasoline engines including a brand new 1.0-litre turbocharged direct injected T-GDI petrol unit.
The other engines produce around 100 horsepower and will have improved fuel economy. It may share components with the Grand i10 when the brand enters India and will be an attractive hatchback option.