Kia South Africa has added a cut-price LS to its Picanto range of baby-cars by lopping R22 000 off the price of the former LX base model.
The Picanto range was launched at the Geneva auto show in 2011 as yet another soldier in the eternal global battle for entry-level buyers.
The main difference between the two cars is the lack of daytime running lights and a radio in the LS – though wiring, two speakers and an auxiliary/USB connection are included in the deal.
Gary Scott, Kia Motors SA’s sales director, said: “The A segment of the market is one of the most hotly contested in South Africa. The desire for affordable personal mobility overrides many other considerations.
“The Picanto LS gives buyers access to a globally renowned vehicle without having to make any sacrifices in respect of award-winning design or exceptional quality.”
Except, of course, for the radio and auxiliary lights…
The LS comes with all the upgrades introduced to the Picanto range earlier in 2015 except for daytime running lights. Colour-coded bumpers front and rear remain, as do colour-coded door releases and external mirrors.
The car has 14” steel rims shod with 165/60 radial tyres, the same as those of the Picanto LX, and has most of its features of the LX, among them aircon, tilt-adjustable steering-column, trip data computer, height adjustable head restraints, 60:40 split rear folding seat and a luggage floor box.
A driver’s crash bag and rear IsoFix child seat anchors remain standard.
The two models have the same three-cylinder, 998cc, 51kW/94Nm engine and five-speed manual transmission.
The Picanto 1.0 LS retails for R119 995, which includes a five-year or 150 000km warranty and three years of roadside assistance.
The Picanto 1.0 LX is priced from R141 995 and the range-topping 1.2 EX from R156 995).
A two-year or 45 000km service plan is an option on either model.