KIA PICANTO REFRESHED

Kia_Picanto_frontKia Picanto has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design in the sporty GT-Line and GT.

The front has been revised to them a more purposeful design. The Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille has a more assertive appearance, as has the lower air intake.The rear bumper design is new and there are dual exhaust tips.

The entry level Picanto S model has upgraded MFR halogen headlights with the GT-Line and GT featuring Projection halogen headlights, with a sculptured front foglights.

As a final styling tweak, the GT-Line and GT models ride on new-design of 16-inch alloy wheels.

Kia_Picanto_rearAcross the range there is now an 8-inch touchscreen (Kia tells us this first in the micro-car segment in Australia). There’s a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster.

Two more segment firsts in technology are the wireless smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth Multi-Connection capability.

The GT-Line will feature its own styling package (Badge, body kit and dual exhaust tips) with the GT having similar distinguishing trims.

Kia_Picanto_interiorThe GT will be powered by the new generation Kappa 1.0-litre turbo GDI engine (74kW and 172Nm) coupled to a five speed manual. The rest of the range will carry-over current power trains.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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