The car retains the previous model's sizes, but offers more interior room.
Following the computer-generated illustrations of the all-new, third generation Kia Picanto, the South Korean brand has released new official photos of the car, revealing its interior and exterior. Shown here in a range-topping, sports-inspired GT Line trim, the vehicle “brings youthful and energetic character to the A-segment” and “conveys a more assertive stance through bolder body lines and subtly sculptured surfaces.”
Designed by teams in Namyang, S. Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto has a 15-millimeter longer wheelbase (0.59 inches) and also pushes the wheels further out into each corner. This, combined with short overhangs, creates a sportier and more confident appearance. Interestingly, the car is the same length as the one it replaces, but will offer more cabin and cargo space “than rivals in the segment,” as Kia points out.
Step inside the cabin and you’ll find nothing in common with the previous generation Picanto. The newly-shaped dashboard is dominated by a tablet-style screen for the infotainment system, while there’s also another digital display between the two circular instrument cluster dials. The manufacturer promises the “floating” touchscreen infotainment system will make “the latest in-car technology available to occupants,” which possibly means it will feature Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity.
Kia is still keeping details about the engine lineup in secret, but we are confident the range will include the 1.0-liter turbocharger, three-cylinder unit of the brand in 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) and 120 hp (89 kW) flavors, while base models will likely receive naturally aspirated units. A manual gearbox will be the standard choice, while interior pictures have already revealed there will be an automatic transmission as well.
Sales of the overhauled model are scheduled to start in the end of the third quarter of 2017, while the public premiere for the car is planned for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
2017 Kia Picanto teaser
- Kia reveals youthful and energetic design of all-new Picanto
- More assertive stance in a compact A-segment package
- Exhibited in public for the first time at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
(SEOUL) January 4, 2017 – Kia Motors has today released images of the all-new Picanto, the third-generation of one of Kia’s global best-selling cars.
Created by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto brings youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. The new model – revealed in Kia’s sports-inspired ‘GT-Line’ specification – conveys a more assertive stance through bolder body lines and subtly sculpted surfaces. A 15 mm-longer wheelbase (2,385 mm to 2,400 mm) also pushes the wheels further out into each corner for a more confident appearance. The Picanto’s colour palette is more vibrant than ever, with a choice of 11 bright paint options designed to make the car stand out.
Inside, Picanto’s suite of high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features is underscored by a modern and refined new cabin design. At the heart of the cabin is a new ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system, making the latest in-car technology available to occupants. The Picanto offers greater potential for customer personalisation, with buyers able to choose from a range of colours for trim and upholstery.
Buyers of the all-new Picanto will enjoy smarter packaging efficiency than ever before, with more cabin and cargo space than rivals in the segment. In spite of its extended wheelbase, the Picanto retains its characteristically compact dimensions. With a shorter front overhang and longer rear overhang, the all-new model is the same length (3,595 mm) as the car it replaces.
Kia will reveal the all-new Picanto in public for the first time at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and will go on sale at the end of the third quarter of 2017.