2017 Kia Picanto
The tiny Picanto moves onto the third generation with a new exterior and new tech
Launched in 2003 as a city car based on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz, the Kia Picanto soldiered on unchanged until 2011, when the second-generation model was introduced. Redesigned from the ground up under the direction of Peter Schreyer, the new model shared underpinnings with the Hyundai i10 and was larger than its predecessor. A significant facelift followed in 2015, but right after that Kia began working on the third-generation hatchback, which just broke cover ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
As expected, Kia aimed to retain the second-gen model’s main feats, such as low running costs and compact dimensions for city driving, and spice things up with a new design language and an updated, more upscale interior. Not surprisingly, the Picanto received Kia’s latest design features seen on larger models, but also an array of much-needed apps and gadgets on the inside. The big news is that Kia decided to discontinue the three-door version, leaving the five-door as the only option available. Under the hood, the Korean brand revised the previous engines, while also adding a new turbocharged option.
Much like its predecessor, the Picanto won’t cross the pond to North America, where the Rio 5-door will remain Kia’s smallest hatchback. The new Picanto, however, will be offered in most markets in Europe and Asia, where it will compete against the likes of [Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, and Hyundai i10.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Picanto.