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2017 Kia Picanto

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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.

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2018 Kia Picanto X-Line

2018 Kia Picanto X-Line

Rugged looks, turbocharged engine

The Kia Picanto came to be in 2003 when it was launched on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz. Redesigned in 2011, it grew in size and shared underpinnings with the then-new Hyundai i10. Another update followed in 2015, but 2017 brought the significantly modified third-generation model. About half a year has passed since the new Picanto arrived and Kia just introduced a new model, the X-Line.

A range-topping model alongside the performance-oriented GT-Line, the X-Line is a crossover-inspired model in the vein of the larger Volkswagen Cross Polo and Cross Golf, and the Hyundai i20 Active. Modifications include a slightly higher ride height, black cladding on the wheel arches, and a few extra features compared to the standard model. The X-Line also introduces the new turbocharged 1.0-liter engine that will also motivate the GT-Line version.

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Kia Picanto Shows its New, Sporty Face in Geneva

Kia Picanto Shows its New, Sporty Face in Geneva

The lightest and most powerful Picanto to date

After six years on the market, the tiny Kia Picanto was redesigned from the ground up and unveiled in January 2017. Come March, and the hatchback aimed at the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Upgraded to the company’s new styling language, the new Picanto sports a more youthful design with more angular features. The "tiger-nose" grille adds a bit of aggressiveness up front, while the dual exhaust and diffuser-like element around back enhances the sporty appearance. The cabin gained higher quality materials and new tech, including a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Kia claims that the new hatchback offers "best-in-class packaging efficiency" and more legroom and headroom than more popular rivals in the A-segment.

Under the hood, the Picanto carries over with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.25-liter four-cylinder engines from the previous model, but with upgrades for improved efficiency and driveability. The 1.0-liter cranks out 66 horsepower and 96 Nm (71 pound-feet) of torque and uses a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a new cooling system with shut-off valve. The 1.25-liter delivers 83 horsepower and 122 Nm (90 pound-feet) of torque. This engine was upgraded with an optimized valve timing and new cooling system with shut-off valve. Later in 2017, the Picanto will also get a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine good for 99 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of twist.

Kia also made several upgrades in the safety department. With 44 percent of the body shell cast in Advanced High Strength Steel, the car is lighter but stronger, while torsional stiffness has been improved by 32 percent. Standard features include six airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, and Electronic Stability Control.

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2017 Kia Picanto

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.

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2013 Kia Picanto City

2013 Kia Picanto City

The Kia Picanto is not a model you’ll find zipping through the streets of the U.S., but it has been a relative hit in developing markets, thanks to its low price, and even in the U.K., thanks to its stellar gas mileage. In the 2013 model year, Kia is releasing a series of “Originals” 3-door collection.

The most recent addition to this new collection of 3-door Kias is the all-new Picanto City. This model is, from the outward appearance, almost identical to any 3-door Picanto you’ll see frolicking through the streets of the U.K., but under the hood, in the wallet, and at the pump, it is much different than you would expect.

The U.K. super-mini segment is already overcrowded, so how well can Kia expect to do with this ultra-economic super-mini car?

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2013 Kia Picanto City and find out how well it stacks up to the growing list of super-minis in the U.K.

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2012 Kia Picanto

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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2010 Kia Picanto Domino & Rio Domino

2010 Kia Picanto Domino & Rio Domino

It seems like Kia is really into unveiling special editions these days. The second one unveiled today is a new Domino special edition, available for both the Picanto and the Rio.

The new Domino edition is available, you guessed it, in white or optional black metallic. Depending on the color you chose for the exterior, the body-colored bumpers, mirrors, and door handles can be offset with an optional contrasting black or white domino effect stripe.

Next to this the new edition gets 14-inch alloy wheels (Rio) and 14-inch wheel trims (Picanto), air-conditioning, iPod connectivity, remote central locking, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-knob. The Rio Domino also gets rear electric windows added to the list of standard equipment.

The new edition is available with either a 1.4-liter petrol or 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine and is priced at £7,995 for Picanto and from £9,295 for the Rio version.

Press release after the jump.

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2007 Kia Picanto to make its worls debut on June 7

2007 Kia Picanto to make its worls debut on June 7

Kia has announced today that the newly upgraded 2007 Kia Picanto will make its world premiere at the 34th Salon Internacional del Automovil in Barcelona, Spain on 7 June. The 2007 Picanto will have a new design, but the "young, sporty and friendly" spirit has been preserved. The interior has also been upgraded featuring higher quality audio equipment.
The 2007 Picanto is 40 mm longer, with an overall length of 3535 mm, featuring an extended, rounded nose and deeper, larger rear bumper. (...)

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