Kia Picanto confirmed for early 2016 Australian launch – Report


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Kia Australia will launch the 2016 Kia Picanto hatchback in its five-door form early next year. Caradvice Australia reports that the model will be launched in only one trim and one engine option.

2015 Kia Picanto front New Zealand spec (should be identical for Australia)
The only engine that will be offered on the Picanto is the 86 bhp 1.2-liter unit that will be paired to a 4-speed AT.

Kia has not confirmed which variant will be offered but the website speculates that since only one trim will be available it can be expected with a high level of standard equipment similar to that of the premium ‘EX’ model sold in New Zealand.

Taking that into consideration, the 2016 Kia Picanto should come with standard features such as six-speaker audio system with CD, MP3, USB, AUX and iPod compatibility; remote central locking; multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel, reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD and BAS, ESP, dual front airbags, knee airbags, dual side bags and rear door child safety locks.

The exterior for 2016 model gets a redesigned bumper, front grille, fog lights and alloy wheel design. The exterior aspects exclusive to the top-end EX trim are LED DRLs, LED taillights, 15-inch alloys and front and rear fog lamps; these are likely to find their way in to the Australian-spec variant.

2015 Kia Picanto interior New Zealand spec (should be identical for Australia)
Indicative price for the Kia Picanto in Australia is AUD 14,990 (INR 7.19 lakh) on the road

The only engine option that will be offered in the hatch will be a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder petrol making 86 bhp and 123 Nm of torque. This engine will be mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

The exact pricing has not been revealed, but an indicative price is reported at AUD 14,990 (INR 7.19 lakh), on the road.

Kia Picanto (New Zealand spec) – Image Gallery

Kia Picanto (European spec) – Image Gallery

[Source: Caradvice]

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