New Picanto Detailed! Kia Introduces Updated Picanto with New Design and Advanced Tech
July 4, 2023
In a press release earlier today, Kia disclosed the enhancements of its compact hatchback, the Picanto. Conforming to its 'Opposites United' philosophy, the Korean automaker has incorporated modifications to the Picanto's exterior design and its technological capabilities.
The redesigned Picanto is slated for the Australian market by the fourth quarter of 2023, although specific features and pricing have yet to be revealed. The Picanto GT 1.0 Litre Turbo model will not be continued.
The new Picanto will be available in two versions: the baseline and the GT Line. Both models are designed to appeal to a broad customer base, with a particular focus on urban commuting.
The exterior design of the Picanto follows Kia’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, which integrates the distinct values of nature and modernity. The enhanced Picanto features a new light signature, a redesigned front bumper, the signature ‘tiger nose,’ fender, and bonnet.
Two engine options will be offered with the new Picanto: a 1.0-litre and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Both are designed with the goal of maximizing efficiency and minimizing CO2 emissions. Engine performance enhancements include improved exhaust gas recirculation lines and optimized intake valve timing.
In terms of transmission, the Picanto features Kia’s Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), offering efficiency and convenience for city commuting.
The new Picanto includes an 8.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen navigation system and a digital display in the driver's instrument cluster. Also, the Picanto comes equipped with Kia Connect, providing services like live traffic information, weather forecasts, and potential parking details.
In terms of safety, the new Picanto comes with Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and an array of active safety systems. It includes systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and more.
The Picanto features a strengthened body due to the addition of a front sub-frame and B-pillar hot stamping. These modifications aim to improve the dispersion of impact energies along the multi-load path, thereby enhancing vehicle safety during collisions.
With its new look, engine options, advanced technology, and safety features, the new Picanto aims to cater to the needs of urban commuters.
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