KIA Picanto: First images

Frankfurt am Main, 4 January 2017

Long gone are the days when cars in the 3.50 metre class were rolling disclaimers. Certainly, even today, VW are up and their ilk often enough moms mobile shopping bag, cleaning service-express or Einstiegsmobil for young people. But now city car have reached a level that makes it easy to fully fledged Erstwagen. Best example of this is the new Kia Picanto, which now first pictures were published.

Stalkier optics

To show the little Koreans, the sport version of GT-line. The sleek design was developed in the Frankfurt design by KIA. Parallel to the new Rio (in the side window line), but also to the large Optima (at the front) is striking. The new Picanto reminds at the rear, however, still most of his predecessor. In the meantime, ranges now not so far down the rear window. Slightly wider C-pillars make at the rear end of the body seem not so choppy the new Picanto as so far.

Hardly any growth, yet spacious

A surprise is the consistent length of 3.59 m. The wheelbase grows easily on 2.40 meters, which is plus of 15 millimeters. So, the new Picanto KIA at the space available and the luggage capacity to cut out several competitors. We are looking forward, so far only 200 liters full seating in the boot fit. The nobel equipped cockpit is striking: the free-standing touch screen as well as the specially crafted control of the climate control can be found in a very similar form in the new Kia Rio. Of course, both elements will be subject to a charge, but also the build-up is evident here in the city car segment. For the Interior are also different colours available.

Premiere in the spring of 2017

To motors, KIA is still covered, so far there are two suction petrol engines in the Picanto: a 66 HP three-cylinder and a four-cylinder 85 HP. introduces the new Picanto beginning March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, he comes on the market in the second quarter of the year. (rh)

by Joe Fabrini

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