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Kia Picanto (2017) - pictures, information & specs
The all-new Kia Picanto city car made its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.
Now in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto brings a new, more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Boasting an assertive new design and a high-quality, high-tech new cabin, the latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation and promises to be the most versatile car in its class.
The new Picanto will be powered by one of three petrol engines, including Kia's new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine goes on sale during Q4 2017, it will be the most powerful engine ever offered in the Picanto, and the first time this car has offered a turbocharged petrol engine.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: "The Picanto is one of Kia's best-selling models around the world, and has a particularly strong fan base here in Europe. Our European customers have told us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto. They love its low running costs, its compact dimensions for city driving, and the high level of equipment available for the money. The new model retains these strengths, and now offers a new level of dynamism and performance, as well as introducing the latest technologies for in-car connectivity and enhanced safety. For these reasons we are confident that the new Picanto will help us further build our profile and market share in this very competitive segment."
Worldwide, more than 1.4 million of the current-generation Picanto have been sold since it was launched in 2011, with more than 300,000 of those sold in Europe. Despite the car approaching the end of its lifecycle in showrooms, Kia sold more than 55,000 Picanto models in Europe in 2016, representing year-on-year sales growth of 3 per cent.
The all-new Kia Picanto has been created by Kia's design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, collaborating to design a youthful, energetic look.
Briefed to produce an innovative, bold and fun-looking urban city car, designers have followed up on the mandate to full effect, giving the new Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder body lines.
With the wheelbase extended to 2,400 mm (an increase of 15 mm), the wheels have been pushed further out to the corners of the car for a 25 mm shorter front overhang, making the car look more planted on the road. Strong, straight lines run horizontally across the front of the car, emphasising the 'tiger-nose' grille and angular new wrap-around headlamps. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower grille enhance the Picanto's more confident new 'face'.
In profile, the new Kia Picanto is characterised by distinctive lines running along the side skirts, shoulder and around the wheel arches, and subtly-sculpted body surfacing - again, each helping to create a more confident on-road design and visually 'stretching' the car for a greater sense of ride stability - although the Picanto is no longer than the outgoing model, at 3,595 mm in length.
The new model adopts Kia's wide C-pillar as a design motif, which stands more upright than that of the previous model. Combined with a longer rear overhang - up 10 mm, to 520 mm - for a more assured posture.
The all-new Picanto will offers buyers greater potential for customisation than ever before, with a choice of 11 vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out. Among the six new colours available to buyers are 'Lime Light', 'Shiny Red', 'Aurora Black' 'Pop Orange', 'Sparkling Silver' and 'Celestial Blue' pearlescent metallic paint finishes. The Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most basic form, and customers can select one of four aluminium alloy wheel designs, ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.
The exterior of the Kia Picanto is also complemented by new projection headlamps with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights, and, from Q3 2017, a subtle shark-fin antenna on the roof to replace the existing aerial.
For the first time, Kia will also offer the Picanto in a new 'GT-Line' specification, inspired by the sportier appearance of the company's higher-performance 'GT' models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line specification, the exterior of the new Picanto is completed with red, silver and black highlights in the grille, side intakes, along the side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin exhausts.
Inside the new Picanto, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined cabin than the second-generation model, with new materials and layout adding a greater sense of quality for occupants. The predominantly horizontal design adds greater visual width to the interior, highlighting the increased cabin dimensions.
The dashboard layout is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch 'floating' touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) sitting at the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car's controls further up into the driver's line of sight. A satin chrome-effect strip runs across the dashboard for a higher quality ambience, and large, vertical air vents at either end 'bookend' the front passenger compartment.
Customisation is key to the appeal of the new Kia Picanto's cabin. While black and grey cloth seats are available as standard, buyers can also personalise their new Picanto with one of five optional colour packs, featuring contrast artificial leather upholstery and stitching. Available at launch, these colour packs are:
- High Gloss Black - a combination of black, grey and white upholstery with white stitching (and available with a black or grey base colour)
- Brown - brown seats with light blue flashes down the side and light blue stitching
- Blue - navy and true blue artificial leather and cloth upholstery with white and orange stitching
- Red - black and grey seats with red flashes and red stitching
- Lime - grey and light grey upholstery with lime green stitching
The contrast colours of the seats can be paired with optional new colour pads on the door armrests, echoing the contrast scheme selected for the seats. Finally, the Picanto's new GT-Line derivative will be equipped with a D-cut steering wheel. The interior of the GT-Line model will be available with the full range of colour packs.
Practicality and packaging
Despite its on-road footprint remaining the same as that of the outgoing model, the all-new Kia Picanto will offer buyers best-in-class packaging efficiency, with maximum versatility resulting from its larger cabin and class-leading boot capacity.
The Picanto meets the increasing trend towards five-door models in the A-segment, with Kia discontinuing the three-door model for the third generation car. Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no larger than the model it replaces, at 1,485 mm in height, 3,595 mm long and 1,595 mm wide. The new platform boasts a longer wheelbase and longer rear overhang, however, freeing up more space in the cabin and boot (the front overhang is reduced by 25 mm, to 675 mm).
Inside, the new Picanto provides occupants with more leg- and head-room than best-selling rivals in the A-segment, while a lower step height makes for easier ingress and egress. The base of the dashboard has been moved upwards by 15 mm for greater knee and leg space for front passengers. The new Picanto is available with either four or five seats, with the rear bench split into either two or three seats depending on buyer preference (1.2-litre models are five-seat only).
The new central armrest for front passengers can slide back and forth up to 55 mm - a first in the class - and covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. At the base of the centre console is an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders which can fold away to yield more storage space.
Beneath the sun visors in the front of the cabin, the vanity mirror also features bright new LED lights and a strip of mood lighting. By providing the surrounding glow of a make-up room mirror, the Kia Picanto's new vanity mirror makes it easier for occupants to apply make-up, check their hair-style, or adjust their hat, scarf or tie.
The boot grows from 200 litres (VDA) to a maximum 255 litres - the most of any car in the class - and also features a two-step boot floor, which can be raised or lowered by 145 mm to create additional space as required, as well as create an under-floor storage area. The 60:40 split-folding rear seats can be folded down completely flat with a one-touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also boosts cargo capacity to 1,010 litres.
Comfort levels are also improved. Where the seats in many A-segment rivals provide one-piece back rests with integrated headrests, the new Picanto gives buyers fully-adjustable headrests, which move up and down and tilt forwards and backwards. The Picanto's new seats are also more comfortable for longer journeys, featuring the same seat-base materials and construction found in larger Kia models (such as the new Optima). In the rear, the angle of the back rest is more reclined - from 25 to 27 degrees - for a more relaxed posture, and slightly more prominent side bolsters on the rear bench further improve comfort and support during faster cornering.
Ride and handling
The outgoing Kia Picanto won plaudits for its combination of immediate handling responses and a comfortable ride. Engineers have emulated these characteristics in the new model, while making a series of modifications to the suspension - independent by MacPherson strut at the front; torsion beam at the rear - to realise greater ride stability and quicker, more enjoyable handling responses.
Designed to reduce the body roll angle under cornering by up to 1° and enable more immediate reactions to steering inputs, the Picanto's anti-roll bars are 2 per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower at the front, and 5% stiffer and slightly higher at the rear. The Kia Picanto's revised dimensions - with a longer wheelbase and slightly shorter front overhang - also enable the pitch centre of the car to be placed further towards the rear of the car, helping to naturally reduce 'nose dive' under braking without firming up the suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.
In addition, the longer wheelbase contributes to a natural improvement in ride quality and stability on all roads. The torsion beam rear axle has been reshaped and features newly-designed trailing arms, helping to reduce weight by 1.8 kg over the rear axle with no loss in component rigidity.
A new steering rack means the steering ratio has been quickened by 13% over the outgoing Picanto, from 16.5:1 to 14.3:1. Not only does this enable more immediate responses to driver inputs, but reducing the turns of the wheel lock-to-lock (from 3.4 to 2.8 turns) makes the Picanto even easier to drive at low speeds and in the city. With the front wheel pushed closer to the front of the vehicle, resulting in a shorter overhang, the reduced weight ahead of the front axle reduces inertia for more agile handling.
The new Picanto is the first car in its class to offer buyers torque vectoring by braking - an additional function of the Electronic Stability Control system (ESC; see 'Safety'). The adoption of this new technology for an A-segment car means the Picanto retains a higher degree of handling stability and security under cornering, while helping to reduce understeer during harder cornering.
Engines and transmissions
Underpinning the all-new Kia Picanto's quicker, more responsive steering is a range of highly efficient small-capacity petrol engines. Serving to minimise the weight over the front axle, the downsized engine line-up also delivers the sprightly acceleration and immediate powertrain responses that customers expect of an urban car.
Three petrol engines will be available to buyers. The 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines have been carried over from the outgoing Picanto, with a range of enhancements to improve efficiency and driveability. From Q4 2017, Kia's new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) power unit will also be available, offering turbocharged petrol performance in the Picanto for the first time ever. All engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. Idle Stop & Go is available on certain manual models, while the 1.25-litre MPI engine is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.0-litre MPI engine provides the entry point into the Picanto range, producing 67 ps at 5,500 rpm and 96 Nm torque. The most fuel efficient engine available to Picanto buyers, the 1.0-litre unit is capable of producing just 89 g/km of carbon dioxide (four-seat model; New European Drive Cycle, combined), down from 95 g/km on the outgoing model (a 6.3 per cent reduction). Upgrades to the engine include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump also reduces mechanical friction.
The mid-range 1.25-litre MPI produces peak power of 84 ps, and 122 Nm of torque. Kia Picanto models with this engine will emit 104 g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle, compared with 106 g/km for the existing Picanto. For its application in the new Picanto, Kia engineers have optimized the valve timing of the engine's dual CVVT (continuously-variable valve timing) system, and have also adopted a similar new cooling system and shut-off valve to the 1.0-litre MPI engine. New low-friction coated piston rings also help to reduce cylinder friction for greater efficiency.
The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, available in the Picanto for the first time, produces 100 ps and 172 Nm torque, the highest power and torque outputs ever offered in Kia's A-segment model. The engine features a single-scroll turbocharger for instant acceleration, as well as an integrated exhaust manifold, and a high-pressure (200 bar) fuel supply. Laser-drilled injectors deliver precise quantities of fuel into the cylinders to accurately control combustion, delivering instantaneous accelerative responses and contributing to the engine's high efficiency and low fuel consumption.
Refinement has been dramatically improved in the new Picanto, with a range of modifications designed to further isolate the cabin from vibrations and noise from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car that offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, both at idle and at a steady cruise.
New refinement measures adopted for the latest Kia Picanto include a new soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the cabin, while expandable sound-absorbent foam has been applied to lower sections of the A- and B-pillars. Beneath the bonnet, a new sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake help to isolate engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has also been revised to counteract engine vibrations. Furthermore, the windscreen wipers have been lowered by 6 mm to reduce the level of wind 'roar' generated at the base of the windscreen
As a result of these upgrades, the new Picanto produces a quietest-in-class 39 dB of noise at idle - 3 dB less than the current A-segment leader - and 68 dB at a steady cruise.
Buyers of the new Kia Picanto will have access to some of the most advanced infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment, while still enjoying the same high value for money expected of a Kia vehicle.
The large, 'floating' 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard houses a navigation system with 3D map, and is available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines is also on offer to buyers who want an additional level of assurance when completing parking manoeuvres. An optional wireless smartphone charger and USB port, located at the base of the centre console, ensure drivers can keep mobile devices charged on the move.
Safety and body
The new Picanto is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) compared to the outgoing model and a selection of active safety technologies.
With a stronger body than ever before, 44% of the new Kia Picanto's bodyshell is cast in AHSS (up from 22 per cent), reducing body-in-white weight by 23 kg while improving tensile strength by 12 per cent. The new, stronger steel has been used to reinforce the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, strengthening the core structure of the car. The new bodyshell also uses more than eight times the quantity of structural adhesive found in the outgoing model (67 metres of joins throughout the structure are now reinforced with the adhesive). Overall, static torsional stiffness has been improved by 32 per cent.
The stronger, lighter body is supported by six standard airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), and an optional knee airbag, as well as a range of active safety features. These include standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course.
In addition, the new Picanto will be available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) - a key technology adopted to enhance safety in the predominantly city and urban environments in which the majority of customers drive their Picanto. An indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is also available.
Maintaining the value for money and high quality that has made the current-generation Kia Picanto so popular, the all-new Picanto will be sold as standard with Kia's unique 7-Year, 100,000m warranty when it goes on-sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.
2017 Kia Picanto İlk Sürüş İncelemesi
Kia Picanto, markanın Birleşik Krallık pazarında sağlam bir yer edinmesini sağlayan araçlardan birisi. Geldiği ilk günden itibaren çok satan araç, binlerce insana Kia'nın iyi yönlerini tanıttı. Güney Koreli üretici burada ayağını sağlamlaştırdıktan sonra Sportage gibi daha büyük modellere yöneldi ancak Picanto'ya gerekli ilgiyi göstermeyi de ihmal etmedi. İşte bu yüzden araç 2017 için tamamen yenilendi.
Kia, getirdiği üçüncü jenerasyon model ile Picanto'nun nispeten yeni olan şehir aracı sınıfındaki rakipleri kadar köklü bir tarihe kavuşturdu. Beş kapılı modelin yeni neslinde geçmiş tasarımlarda görülen çizgiler kendisini belli ediyor. Ancak Kia yalnızca geçmişe odaklanmamış. Gelişim hedefi açık: piyasadaki en iyi şehir aracını üretmek.
Volkswagen Up, Toyota Aygo, Renault Twingo ve Fiat Panda gibi sağlam modellerin olduğu bir segmentte bunu yakalamak büyük bir başarı. Avrupa'da 300,000 (Picanto, markanın Birleşik Krallık satışlarında ikinci sırada), dünya çapında 1.4 milyon adet ikinci nesil Picanto satan Kia, bu konuda oldukça tecrübeli.
Yeni Picanto, şef tasarımcı Peter Schreyer'in de etkisiyle daha çok Alman çizgileri taşıyan ve selefinden daha sert görünen bir otomobil. Daha temiz çizgiler, hassaslığın yüksek olduğu detaylar ve büyük camlar araca daha dengeli bir duruş kazandırmış.
Uzatılmış aks mesafesi gerçekten iş görüyor. Kia, bunu aracın genel uzunluğuna dokunmadan yapmayı başarmış; yani araç hâlâ 3,595 mm uzunluğunda. Güney Koreli üretici genel uzunluğa müdahale etmek yerine ön sekmeyi kısaltıp arka kısmı uzatarak daha geniş bir bagaj hacmi yakalamış. Sonuç olarak ortaya SUV'leri andıran "çift" çamurlukları ile sağlam duran bir otomobil çıkmış.
Yelpazede favorimiz GT-Line paketi. Spor versiyonun çamurluklarının altında 16 inç çapında jantlar yer alıyor. Çift egzoz çıkışı ve difüzörün süslediği arka bölüm ile hem görsel, hem de aerodinamik anlamda aracı bir üst seviyeye taşıyan "hava perdeleri"ne sahip tamamen yeni ön tampon Picanto'nun havasını değiştirmiş. Buna bir de havalı ön farlar ve U şeklindeki LED gündüz sürüş farlarını eklediğinizde çekici bir beş kapılı araç elde ediyorsunuz.
Görünüşe göre şehir aracı alan kimseler süpermini tercih eden kişilere göre - artık - daha çok kazanıyor. Günümüzde A segmenti otomobiller ekonomik tercih olmaktan ziyade insanların isteyerek aldığı bir sınıf oldu. Kia, bu yönelime Picanto'yu özellikle iç bölümde daha lüks yaparak cevap verdi. Daha akıllı yüzeyler, daha iyi trim ve neredeyse Volkswagen ayarındaki detaycılık sayesinde kalitede büyük bir artış yakalanmış. Gösterge paneli boyunca uzanan gümüş şerit güzel görünüyor. Büyük ve yuvarlak göstergeler Audi'yi, parlak siyah klima paneli ise BMW'yi andırıyor.
Kabinin asıl yıldızı, A segmentinde bir ilk olan serbest bilgi eğlence sistemi ekranı. Audi veya Mercedes-Benz modellerinde göreceğiniz yükseğe konumlanmış dokunmatik ekran oldukça geniş ve Apple CarPlay ile Android Auto uyumluluğuna sahip. 3D navigasyon ve oldukça iyi bir ses sistemi de standart donanımlar arasında. Bilgi eğlence sistemi ve bağlanılabilirlik günümüz araçlarında büyük önem taşıyor ve Picanto, bu konuda sınıfının lideri.
Kia, bir önceki neslin bagajının küçük olduğunu kabul ediyor. Mühendisler sorunu görmüş ve çözmüş. Picanto, 255 litrelik bagajıyla segmentinin lideri. Ford Fiesta'dan çok da uzak olmayan bu rakam, Toyota Aygo'nun yaklaşık 1.5 katı. Kolayca katlanan arka koltuklar ile bu rakam 1,010 litreye çıkıyor. Ayrıca genel alana kolay erişim sağlayan çift bagaj zemini ise yükleme işlemini oldukça rahatlatıyor.
Picanto alıcılarının üçte ikisi kadın - bu oldukça yüksek bir oran. Kia, bu nedenle sürücü tarafındaki güneşlikte akıllıca bir tasarım yapmış. Birden çok ışık kaynağının kullanılması, bu bölümdeki aynayı profesyonel makyaj aynalarına yaklaştırmış. Detaya dikkat ve iyi bir tasarım.
Araç, basit kontrolleri ve kolay kullanımından da anlaşılacağı üzere, "bin ve sür" felsefesine göre tasarlanmış. Hafif, hassas ve basit doğası, aracın bir bütün olarak dizayn edildiğini gösteriyor. Picanto hiç de ucuz hissettirmiyor. Yüksek hızlarda araç şaşırtıcı şekilde rafine bir karakter sunuyor. Sürüş sessiz, koltukların desteği iyi ve her türlü yol koşulunda araç kararlı.
Aracı sürdükçe ondan daha çok etkilendik. Yeni Picanto, selefinden daha derin - yol yüzeylerindeki pürüzleri resmen yok sayıyor. Sarsıntılı sürüş pek az koşulda gerçekleşiyor. Dönüş çapı oldukça dar ve 15 inç çapındaki jantlarda yol bozukluklarıyla mücadele kabiliyeti oldukça iyi. Çevik yönlendirme oldukça tepkili ve ağırlığı iyi ayarlanmış. Derin ön cam ve alçakta duran yan profil sayesinde görüş hakimiyeti oldukça iyi.
Standart jantlarda araç güvenli fakat biraz yumuşak kalıyor. GT-Line'daki 195 tabanlı lastiklerle sarılı 16 inç çaplı jantlar, daha fazla yol tutuşu sunuyor ve yere yapışma sınırının üzerinde bile yönlendirme hissiyatı oldukça makul. Bu sayede virajlı yollarda nispeten yüksek hızlarda araç oldukça keyifliydi. Evet, yana yatma hareketi (body roll) var ancak kontrol edilebilir seviyelerde. Daha geniş lastikler sayesinde araç yola daha çok yapışıyor. Sürüş biraz daha sert; yani pürüzsüz yüzeylerde biraz sekme var ancak araç, 45 yanaklı lastiklere rağmen genel manada çok rahatsızlık vermiyor.
Her iki motoru da denedik. 1.0 litrelik, üç silindirli motorun düşük ve orta devirlerde sunduğu iyi çekiş oldukça hoş. Ancak güç aktarımı homojen değil, üst devirlerde ses iyi fakat boşuna gazlamayın, güç yok. Ayrıca birinci viteste ivmelenme konusunda biraz hırçın. Bu da şehir içinde sürüşü biraz sarsıntılı yapabilir.
Dört silindirli 1.2 motorun sesi daha iyi ve yüksek devirlerde biraz boğuk. Ayrıca 1.0 litrelik seçeneğin alt devir canlılığı bu ünitede yok. Fakat 3,500 devir ile gürültünün başladığı 5,500 devir arasında oldukça keyifli bir sürüş sunan 1.2 motor genel manada daha iyi. Ayrıca beş ileri vites kutusunu 1.0'dakine göre daha zarif ve çevik bulduk. Unutmadan 1.2'de otomatik seçeneğin opsiyon olduğunu belirtelim.
Turboşarjlı 1.0 motoru otoyolda denediğimizde aracın 120 km/s üzerindeki hızlarda derinliğini kaybettiğini gördük - gaza asıldığınız zaman biraz zorlanıyor gibiydi. 1.2 litrelik ünitenin potansiyeli daha iyi ve Picanto'yu daha rafine ve kararlı hâle getiriyor. İç mekanda sunulan cömert baş ve diz mesafeleri sayesinde Picanto, "şehir aracı" etiketinin sınırlarını biraz zorlamış.
Satın almalı mıyım?
A segmenti oldukça rekabetçi bir sınıf. Volkswagen Up ve daha uygun fiyatlı kuzenleri Seat Mii ile Skoda Citigo harika bir seçenek. Ayrıca Toyota Aygo, Renault Twingo ve hatta Fiat Panda gibi modeller de oldukça rekabetçi. Yine de yeni Kia Picanto onları geride bırakacak gibi görünüyor.
Dürüst olmak gerekirse Picanto, bizi büyük kardeşi yeni Rio'dan daha çok etkiledi. Daha eğlenceli sürüş, daha sevimli görünüş ve daha rafine paketi Picanto'yu öne çıkarıyor. Eğer B segmenti alma zorunluluğunuz yoksa, orta donanım seviyesi Rio fiyatına harikak görünen GT-Line paketini alabileceğiniz Picanto oldukça sağlam bir alternatif olacaktır.
Bakalım yeni Kia Picanto, güçlü rakibi Volkswagen Up'a karşı nasıl bir performans sergileyecek...
Kia Picanto [UK] (2017) - pictures, information & specs
The most technologically advanced, most stylish, most refined and sportiest small car that Kia has ever produced - the all-new third-generation Kia Picanto - goes on sale in the UK priced from £9,450.
At launch there are nine versions on offer, based on two engines, two transmissions and five trim lines - badged '1', '2', '3', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'. 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S' bring an unprecedented level of sportiness to the Picanto range, with bespoke exterior and interior styling and exclusive trim features. Later this year the most powerful engine ever offered in a Picanto - a 99bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi turbocharged unit - will become available.
The third-generation Kia Picanto will be available only as a five-door car, since three-door models account for only 10 per cent of sales in the city-car sector - a share which is diminishing.
In this corner of the market, size matters. Customer research shows that city-car buyers do not want big cars, so the all-new Picanto occupies exactly the same amount of road space as the previous model, with an overall length of 3,595mm and a width of 1,595mm. However, those figures do not reveal the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's packaging to improve passenger and luggage space.
Advanced connectivity and driver assistance features are now available to keep occupants fully in touch with the outside world while minimising the risk of accidents, the car is based on an all-new platform featuring twice as much high-strength steel as the previous Picanto for strength and safety.
Extensively modified versions of the 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre normally aspirated petrol engines from the previous Picanto reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The all-new Picanto is capable of up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 as low as 101g/km.
Small cars do not have to be spartan. In fact, customers cite equipment levels among their chief considerations in deciding what to buy. The all-new Picanto will not disappoint.
Even the entry-level grade '1' model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, a radio with AUX and USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and six airbags.
From grade '2', air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth with music streaming, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever become standard. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, high-gloss black centre fascia trim, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims.
Grade '3' adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a supervision instrument cluster, Autonomous Emergency Braking, front foglights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a 7-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and full connectivity, Bluetooth with voice recognition, DAB radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors and chromed exterior door handles.
Distinguishing features on the 'GT-Line' model are 16-inch alloy wheels, sports front and rear bumpers and side sills, a dual exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, a supervision instrument cluster, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome interior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps and rear lights, a chrome beltline strip and stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts.
To this, 'GT-Line S' adds a wireless phone charger, an electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a 7-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and connected services, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors, a dual-height boot floor, luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror.
The 'GT-Line S' and grade '3' versions are distinguished by the 7-inch centre-mounted 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.
All models from grade '3' have Autonomous Emergency Braking which can bring the car to a complete stop at certain speeds and to a partial stop at up to 107mph. This means that many accidents can be avoided, while the severity of others is considerably reduced. This feature is a £350 option on grades '1' and '2'.
Torque Vectoring, a first for Kia in the city-car class, is a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and stability control sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and gently brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide, or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide outwards. It is standard on all models.
More space and more style within the same compact footprint
While the all-new Kia Picanto is no longer or wider than the previous model, it provides significantly more passenger and luggage space. It is 5mm taller at 1,485mm, and has a 15mm longer wheelbase - now 2,400mm. The front overhang is shorter to give the car a squatter, sportier stance, while the rear overhang is longer to enhance the profile and create more luggage space, which goes up from 200 litres to a class-best 255 litres. This increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded.
There is a lower waistline to make the cabin lighter and more airy, a slimmer dashboard to enhance space for the driver and front passenger, and lower seats placed further backwards in the cabin. There is more front head, leg and shoulder room than in the previous model, with largely unchanged space in the rear.
The changes in wheelbase and overhang dimensions have given the all-new Picanto a different character to its predecessor. Whereas the previous model was regarded by buyers as 'cute' and 'cheeky', the newcomer is sportier and more sophisticated. It has a more voluminous body which is simpler and more modern. The design was a joint effort by Kia's studios in Germany and at Namyang in South Korea.
At the front there are wider grilles and air intakes flanked by multi-focus reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units, depending on model. The front foglamps, where fitted, are housed in separate side grilles or, on GT-Line and GT-Line S models, within the main lower grille. Air curtains in the side grilles channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels to reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. There is a bolder, more assertive bumper, which is echoed at the rear. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on the Sportage.
The black upper radiator grille with a silver paint or chrome surround is wider and slimmer than before, emphasising the Picanto's sportier appearance. At the sides, the waistline is lower and flatter, the window area has consequently been enlarged and the wheel arches are more emphatic. Wheels of between 14 and 16 inches in diameter fit snugly in their housings, there are body-colour or chromed door handles, black or chrome belt-line strips and black or body-coloured door mirrors, with integrated indicators on upper models. The wide rear roof pillar - a familiar Kia styling feature - is now more upright to accentuate the greater cabin space.
At the rear, C-shaped rear light clusters are retained, but these are now larger and feature added detail.
Inside, the all-new Kia Picanto follows other recent Kias with a horizontally structured dashboard split into display and control areas, separated by a satin chrome trim strip which emphasises the cabin's width and the car's strong, stable stance. Vertical ventilation outlets at the outer edges of the dashboard act as bookends for the instruments and display areas.
New materials and trim enhancements emphasise the significantly improved quality of the all-new Picanto. The seats are in smart black cloth, premium black cloth or black and red faux leather, depending on model; there are black, silver paint or satin chrome door handles; and leather trim adorns the steering wheel and gear-lever from grade '2'.
The new range of paint choices has Blue Breeze as the standard colour with Clear White as a £250 option and Silver Frost, Titanium Silver, Midnight Black, Chilli Red and Pop Orange as the premium alternatives, all priced at £495.
Three powerful petrol engines including new T-GDi turbo
In line with the majority of city cars, the all-new Picanto is available only with petrol engines because diesel engines add to the purchase price while offering few advantages in overall running costs.
The all-new Kia Picanto's three powerful and refined engines will include - for the first time - a 99bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi unit, which becomes available later in the year. All three engines are from the Kappa family. The T-GDi unit is supported by a three-cylinder 66bhp 1.0-litre engine and a four-cylinder 83bhp 1.25. Both of these are multi-point injection (MPi) engines, now with reduced fuel consumption and emissions thanks to extensive re-engineering.
The entry-level 1.0-litre engine, for example, is capable of 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of only 101g/km. Yet they provide lively performance for zipping around in urban traffic, with plenty in reserve for motorway driving. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a four-speed automatic is optional with the 1.25 MPi engine.
All-new platform boosts driving dynamics and safety
The third-generation Picanto is built on Kia's all-new and immensely strong H platform, which boosts both driving dynamics and safety.
The amount of advanced high-strength steel in the body construction has doubled compared with the outgoing Picanto, from 22 per cent to 44 percent, making the all-new car's shell not only more robust but also 23 kilogrammes lighter. At the same time, the amount of structural adhesives bonding the body sections together has increased almost nine-fold, from 7.8 to 67 metres, to add further stiffness.
As a result, the all-new Kia Picanto is 32 per cent better than its predecessor in torsional stiffness and 12 per cent better for tensile strength. A stiffer body benefits ride comfort and handling by allowing the suspension to do its work without having to compensate for flexing; helps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and provides a stronger, safer barrier in the event of impact.
The all-new Kia Picanto, like its predecessor, has MacPherson strut front suspension, but now features a U-shaped torsion beam at the rear and revised trailing arms for improved handling with reduced weight. Steering column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) with quickened responses reduces turning effort for parking and manoeuvring while providing a firm feel and good feedback at higher speeds. The ride and handling also benefit from measures to reduce cornering roll, while the longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang improve agility and shift the weight balance slightly rearwards. Re-packaging of the mechanical components lowers the centre of gravity, which further boosts responsiveness.
Driver and passenger well-being has also been improved by measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. These include greater use of foam, insulation pads and body strips, plus new engine mounts and revised, quieter heating and ventilation units. Even the windscreen wipers have been placed lower to reduce wind noise.
The Picanto and its market
The Kia Picanto competes in the A-segment, or city car, sector of the UK and European car markets, one step down in size from traditional superminis. It is a sector which is reducing with increasing customer demand for crossover-type models over conventional hatchbacks, yet it still represents huge business for Kia.
The segment accounts for more than one million sales a year in Western Europe, and the all-new Picanto is expected to take around 5.1 per cent of this, with sales of more than 60,000. In the UK, A-segment sales amount to around 130,000 a year and the Picanto has regularly been one of the top five best-selling models. The UK contributes almost a quarter of all-new Picanto sales in Europe. Around 60 per cent of buyers are women, and private buyers account for four out of every five customers.
Price, exterior design, value for money and equipment - areas in which Kia has traditionally been strong - are the prime motivators among customers. Kia confidently expects the more stylish, more spacious, more sporty and more modern newcomer to increase its market share significantly in the next few years.
Warranty and servicing
In common with all Kias, the all-new Picanto comes with the best warranty in the business - a seven-year/100,000-mile declaration of faith in the reliability and quality of the car, covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires. The new Kia Picanto is also available with Care 3 and Care 3 Plus servicing packages. These cover the cost of all routine servicing work for three or five years respectively and, like the warranty, can be passed on if the car is sold before they expire.
2017 Yeni Kasa Kia Picanto Tanıtıldı
Kia’yı 13 yıldır A segmentinde temsil eden Picanto, 3. jenerasyonu ile karşımıza çıktı. 2017 Yeni Kasa Kia Picanto olarak lanse edilen araç, ikinci neslinden izler taşıyor. Fakat GT-Line paketi ile tanıtılması onun çekici ve hırçın olarak tanımamıza sebep oldu. Kendisi çok iddialı duruyor. En az pro ceed kadar ilgi çekici olmuş. İşte detaylar…
Üretimine 2004 yılına başlanan Picanto, aslında hala yollarda olan Kia Atos modelinin varisi olarak karşımza çıktı. 2011 yılına kadar yollarda olan ilk jenerasyon ikinci kasasına yine aynı yıl kavuştu. Hyundai İ10 ile birlikte aynı platformda yürüyen Kia Picanto, küçük olmasına karşın 5 kapılı kasasıyla küçük şehir otomobili seven kitlelere hitap etti. Vee yıl 2017, artık 3. jenerasyonun yollara çıkma zamanı geldi.
Teknik ÖzellikleriGT-Line yüzüyle tanıtılan Kia Picanto‘nun mk2’ye göre dingil mesafesi 15 mm artırılmış ve 2400 mm değerine kavuşmuş. Bununla birlikte uzunluk 3595 mm, genişlik 1595 mm ve yükseklik ise 1485 mm olarak kayıtlarda yer alıyor. 5 ileri düz vites ve 4 ileri otomatik şanzımanla gelmesi beklenen araçta 1.0 litre ve 1.2 litre atmosferik motorlar kullanılmaya devam edecek. Fakat fotoğraflardaki Kia Picanto GT-Line için 100 ile 120 ps arasında güce sahip olması beklenen motorların kullanılacağı söyleniyor. Yani o konuda net bilgi henüz açıklanmış değil.
Tasarımsal DeğişimiTasarım olarak baktığımızda far ve ızgara yapısında ciddi yenilik yapılmış. Aslında görünüşü abisi Kia Rio’ya göz kırpıyor. Fakat sınıfı itibariyle minimal görünüme sahip. Ama arka tasarımda değişim olmuş gibi görünse de mk2’nin etkisi hala varlığını koruyor. 2017 Yeni Kasa Kia Picanto, yaşam alanı ile de öne çıkıyor. İlk olarak kokpitteki multimedya ekranı dikkatimi çekti. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto ve MirrorLink destekli bu ekranda araç daha eğlenceli hale getirilmiş. Öte yandan direksiyon simidinden tutunda klima havalandırma peteklerine kadar belirgin değişim var. Gösterge paneli, orta konsol, klima kontrol alanı ve birçok alanda ciddi değişim geçirmiş. Tabi bu araç Kia Picanto GT-Line yüzüyle bize baktığı için daha zengin görünüyor. O kırmızı detaylı spor koltuklar, deri kaplı kapı döşemeleri, büyük jantlar, çift egzoz çıkışı gibi ekstraları baz versiyonunda bulmak mümkün olmayacak. Karşımızda duran versiyonu en dolu ve en ilgi çekicisi. Şu haliyle ülkemizde doğru fiyat ve düşük yakıt tüketimine sahip motorla konumlandırılırsa önceki modelin satışlarını katlayacağı düşüncesindeyim.
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