New Kia Picanto gets reversing camera and Apple CarPlay as standard, as well as the choice of manual and automatic transmissions
The second generation of Kia’s smallest and cheapest car, the Kia Picanto has grown up and is now offering customers better value and refinement than ever before.
Kia had unashamedly targeted the previous Picanto and new drivers – and most likely their parents – and the new Kia Pincanto is no different. Kia Australia is offering the new Kia Picanto in only one specification level, which will be powered by a 1.25 litre four-cylinder engine with 62kW of power at 6000rpm and 122Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Customers can choose from a four-speed auto priced from $15,690 drive away and for the first time ever in Australia, a five-speed manual for $14,190 drive away.
Customers will have a choice of eight vibrant colours with five new pearlescent finishes: ‘Lime Green’, ‘Signal Red’, ‘Aurora Black’ ‘Pop Orange’ and ‘Sparkling Silver’.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with a reversing camera and a seven-inch floating touchscreen. There are also automatic headlights and cruise control, other features that were not available on the previous model.
Parents will be reassured in knowing that dual front, side and curtain airbags are standard along with electronic stability control, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and torque vectoring.
Local engineers have also turn their hands at handling, so the new Kia Picanto should be able to tackle Australia’s less than average roads with aplomb.
The new Picanto is bigger than the previous model in every dimension and total cargo capacity is 1010 litres, 200 more than the previous model. Kia is to have invested considerable resources in improving the new Kia Picanto’s refinement and as such, the cabin is said to be far quieter and is made from far superior materials.
As per all Kia models, the new Kia Picanto is backed by Kia’s 7 year/unlimited kilometer warranty.