Kia opened up the New Year last January when they revealed the all-new Picanto ahead of its scheduled debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. It now has a more youthful appearance, along with a sophisticated cabin than the previous model.
Now, the automaker has revealed more details about the third-generation A-segment hatch just weeks before the start of this year's Geneva International Motor Show.
For starters, it will be available with a new 1.0-liter T-GDI inline-three for the first time. Reserved only for the top-of-the-range GT Line, the three cylinder motor will produces 100 PS and 172 Nm of torque. Apart from this, lesser variants can be equipped with two naturally aspirated engines. These include the 1.0-liter MPI (67 PS with 96 Nm) and the slightly bigger 1.25-liter MPI (84 PS with 122 Nm).
Kia also added that the engines get unique upgrades that make the most out of the powertrain. The 1.0-liter T-GDI gets an integrated exhaust manifold and laser-drilled fuel injectors that spray the right amount of fuel for better acceleration and efficiency. Meanwhile, the 1.25-liter receives an optimized continuosuly variable valve timing (C-VVT) and new low-friction coated piston rings.
In Europe, all of the engines come with a 5-speed manual as standard, with the exception of the 1.25-liter mill which can be specified with a 4-speed automatic. Torque vectoring is also available in the 2017 Kia Picanto.
As for in-car tech, Kia installed a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment on the 2017 Picanto. It comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, USB connectivity and other features.
Better Noise, Vibration and Harshness deadening was also done on the Picanto. It has a new sound-absorbing engine cover underneath the hood, along with a reshaped air intake to reduce wind noise. An all-new platform sits beneath the 2017 Kia Picanto to which the automaker claimed is comprised of 44-percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). Components such as the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay are made from the lightweight yet durable material.
Safety features that come as standard on the 2017 Kia Picanto are the following: six airbags, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring system and autonomous emergency braking as such.
“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,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe.
The 2017 Kia Picanto will go on sale in Europe by Q2 of 2017. The 1.0-liter T-GDI engine will be available on Q4 of 2017.