Following its European debut in Geneva in March, the third generation Kia Picanto has launched in South Africa. The car is available in four trim levels, Start, Street, Style and Smart.
The A segment hatchback is almost the same size as its predecessor but boasts of improved cabin space with a 15 mm longer wheelbase. The boot space has also increased from 200 litre to 255 litre and is now the segment topper.
The base variant gets a single driver side airbag, two speaker audio system, air con and power steering. The Street trim gets passenger side airbag, ABS, remote central locking, steering mounted audio controls and 14 inch wheels. The Style trim gets fog lamps, daytime running lights, rear window wiper, auto light control and four speakers.
The range topping Kia Picanto Smart gets power windows, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth & voice recognition and reverse camera. The Smart trim also gets aluminium pedals, leather wrapped steering wheel & gear knob and partial leather upholstery.
Powertrain options start with the 1.0 litre three-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. The powerplant is capable of producing 49 kW (down from 51 kW) and 95 Nm of torque (up by 1 Nm). Also on offer is a 1.2 litre four cylinder mill producing 61 kW (down from 65 kW) of power and 122 Nm of torque (up by 2 Nm).
2017 Kia Picanto Price
|Kia Picanto variant||Price|
|Picanto 1.0 START Manual||R 134,995|
|Picanto 1.0 STREET Manual||R 149,995|
|Picanto 1.0 STYLE Manual||R 159,995|
|Picanto 1.0 STYLE Auto||R 172,995|
|Picanto 1.0 SMART Manual||R 179,995|
|Picanto 1.2 START Manual||R 150,995|
|Picanto 1.2 START Auto||R 163,995|
|Picanto 1.2 STREET Manual||R 165,995|
|Picanto 1.2 STYLE Manual||R 175,995|
|Picanto 1.2 STYLE Auto||R 188,995|
|Picanto 1.2 SMART Manual||R 195,995|