2012 Kia Picanto

Kia has brought the new generation Picanto at the Geneva Motor Show. The model comes with a fresh design and will be offered in both three and five doors versions. In Europe sales will begin in late spring of 2011.

The new model has been styled by Kia’s European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. Kia describes the Picanto as "exuding self confidence, solidity and maturity, the next generation Picanto is designed to break the city car mould."

The new Kia will be offered in three different versions: a four-cylinder, 1,248 cc engine that delivers a total of 85 HP and 121 Nm of torque for the top version, and two three-cylinder, 998 cc units with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel technologies (LPG + petrol) and with 69 or 82 HP.

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The exterior and the interior

Kia Picanto

The new generation Kia Picanto will be offered in both three and five doors version and will feature a new, good looking, sexy proportions and dynamic design language. Up front the Kia Picanto will feature the same signature ‘tiger nose’ grille as the Sportage model, newly designed daylight running. The car’s designed is continued by a large rear window framed by the unique rear lamp graphic and supported by a strong purposeful bumper.

On the outside, overall vehicle length has increased by 60 mm, and the wheelbase has grown by 15 mm. These increases, and some clever interior packaging, have enhanced the cabin space for people (front legroom is up by 36 mm), and for luggage, with boot capacity increased by 27% to 200 liters.

For the interior Kia is offering a thick rimmed two-spoke steering wheel and the signature Kia ‘three cylinder’ instrument cluster with its clear and precise graphics. New Picanto will also be available with automatically controlled air-conditioning, electronic and heated folding door mirrors with side repeaters, automatic light control with ‘escort’ and ‘welcome’ modes, steering wheel mounted audio controls, retractable dual cup holders.

The list of technologies will include smart-key entry system with engine start/stop button, AUX, iPod and USB connections for the RDS radio CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth® hands-free with voice recognition, heated front seats and Intelligent Stop and Go.

The engines

Kia Picanto

With the new generation Picanto customers will have the possibility to choose from three different engines: the top version will get a a four-cylinder, 1,248 cc engine that delivers a total of 85 HP and 121 Nm, while the base versions will get two three-cylinder, 998 cc units with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel technologies (LPG + petrol) and with 69 or 82 HP.

The standard transmission for all engines in new Picanto will be a 5-speed manual, while a 4-speed automatic gearbox will be available as an option on the 1.25-liter engine.

Prices

The new generation Kia Picanto will go on sale later this year. Prices will be announced at a later date.

The competition

Kia Picanto

On the European market the new Kia Picanto will take on models like Citroen C1 or Toyota Aygo . The C1 is available in gas and diesel versions, mated to an automatic gearbox or a SensoDrive 5-speed automated manual. The three-cylinder gas engine makes 68 hp 1.0i and is the same as the one available in the Toyota model. The diesel engine is exclusive to the Citroen and makes 53 HP.

The Aygo is offered in three or five-door versions and is offered with a 1.0-litre VVT-I petrol engine with Toyota Toyota Optimal Drive.. Five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, with the option of Toyota’s Multimode system.

LOVE IT
  • Improved exterior design
  • Both petrol and diesel
  • The interior also looks good
LEAVE IT
  • 4-Speed Automatic Gearbox is out dated

13 comments:

Its interior and exterior are good. Kia already has now a customer right Buzayed? I think this is going to have low price if ever.

I’m so impressed with the new looks of Picanto! It looks more stunning and awesome now than before. Moreover, I have to agree that it already looks great on its body paint. I just only hope that it has an impressive engine.

Picanto really looks so cute on its platform and the light body paint that it had given more appeal on this one, but I must say that I’m not so impressed with the interior touch of this Picanto.

I like the concept of very solid and matured look of the car. Picanto give new style of mini valued car. I recognized it as simply interesting car.

The interior touch didn’t suits to the color of the exterior of this Picanto. As for the outlook of this car, I must say that it is really impressive and cute.

The Kia cars are really cute. Its interior and exterior are good. Kia already has now a customer right Buzayed? I think this is going to have low price if ever.

The gasoline prices are too expensive her in the UAE. I own a Mini Copper S now. It is parts is very expensive too. I think I will sell it and buy a new kia picanto 2012 soon. Picanto has to many options that dose not come with my mini. Thanks Kia for your amazing car. I will buy one and save thousands in my pocket too !!!!

Well, I liked it! I love the improved exterior design and its a good thing that they are now offering petrol and diesel engine!However, i have to admit that 4-Speed Automatic Gearbox is so outdated!

Well, it look so decent. I think everyone has noticed that KIA is making car nowadays. BTW, I think it would help and benefit from the addition of doors.

Kia picanto 2012 is rarely existing right now,It is not really in demand for customers choice it looks boring,and not appealing.

Kia describes the Picanto as "exuding self confidence, solidity and maturity, the next generation Picanto is designed to break the city car mold.

I agree the MINI is too expensive although it is more a sporty car that happens to be economical and not an economy car than happens to be sporty (IE- its a sport car first ...it just doesnt look like one)

The front looks a bit ricey and the rear is quite messy, not really good compared to other modern Kias.

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