2017 Kia Picanto is Hot for the City
Kia has taken the wraps off the next generation of its city car, the 2017 Picanto. This small A-class hatchback goes on sale in Europe next month after its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This third generation of the Picanto sports Kia’s corporate tiger nose grille treatment and an aggressive lower fascia that features a larger intake flanked by additional inlets and driving lights.
The Euro-only 5-door hatch has an all-new interior with a floating touch screen mounted high on the center dash, and upscale available features like Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. Kia said the Picanto redesign has resulted in a larger, quieter cabin with the largest cargo capacity in its class. While overall length is the same, a longer wheelbase contributes to the more spacious interior. Handling is also said to be improved thanks to the use of torque vectoring on the driven front axle.
When the car goes on sale, it will carry over the previous model’s 66-horsepower 1.0-liter 3-cylinder and 1.25-liter 4-cylinder engines. By the end of the year, an optional turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine making 98 horsepower will be available.
“The Picanto is one of Kia’s best-selling models around the world,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Europe. “Our European customers have told us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto. They love its low running cost, its compact dimensions for city driving and the high level of equipment available for the money. The new model retains these strengths and offers a new level of dynamism and performance as well as introducing the latest technologies for in-car connectivity and enhanced safety.”