JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Kia’s Picanto range of small cars has been give a facelift and yet another model – the all-new Picanto X-Line with what the automaker describes as ”modern and distinctive crossover styling”.
Stephen Crosse, Kia SA’s sales director, told The Corner in a media release: “The Picanto is a mainstay in our product range and has for many years been recognised by industry experts and the motoring media as one of the best cars you can buy in the entry-level segment.
“The new X-Line sees Picanto adds an adventurous spirit for those who believe in seizing the day and sharing experiences beyond their daily lives.”
Design details define it from the rest of the model range: a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ and front bumper are said to give the X-Line a sporty stance, along with ”eye-catching” diode headlights. The tail gets a rear bumper and diode rear lights.
Crossover-inspired cladding, mudguards, and 15” alloy wheel rims are further attractions to the X-Line while buyers will have a choice of 10 body colours, Sunroof is available on special order.
X-Line also features an array of specs and features: two-tone faux leather upholstery, reversing camera, and a 20cm colour touchscreen infotainment system to host Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There have also been ”subtle” revisions to the rest of the Picanto range.
Feature highlights across the Start range include power steering, adjustable steering column, manual aircon, radio with RDS and MP3 capability and auxiliary and USB jacks such as Bluetooth and two speakers. The Start keeps its 13” steel wheel rims and styled hubcaps.
Street models get the 20cm infotainment/rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Picanto Style now has new alloy wheel rims that add to its value proposition which already includes automatic headlights, powered external mirrors, leather-wrapped steering-wheel and gearshifter,
Engines throughout the range are the current 1.0 MPI and 1.25 MPI units. The fuel-efficient 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine makes 49kW at 5500rpm and 96Nm; the four-cylinder 1.25-litre engine develops 61kW/122Nm and buyers can select a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission.
‘SAFEST IN A-SEGMENT’
”The Picanto,” Kia says, ”is still the safest A-segment vehicle Kia has yet built: 44% of its body is high-strength steel to reinforce the Picanto’s floorpan, roof rails, A- and B-pillars and engine bay – all chosen to strengthen the core structure of the car.”
Torsional stiffness is 32% better than its predecessor.
Stephen Crosse again: ”Safety tests have shown the Picanto’s expertly engineered safety shell makes it one of the safest cars in its segment. With anti-lock brakes, IsoFix, Datadot identification, and two front crash-mitigation bags across the range, Picanto offers superb safety and security standards.”
…AND SO TO THE PRICES (VAT included)
- KIA Picanto 1.0 Start – R187 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 a/t Start – R201 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 Street – R201 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 a/t Street – R215 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 Street – R211 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 a/t Style – R225 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 Style – R210 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 a/t Style – R224 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 Style – R220 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 a/t Style – R234 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 X-Line – R237 995
- KIA Picanto 1.2 a/t X-Line – R251 995
- KIA Picanto 1.0 Runner – R207 995
Each Picanto will be delivered with KIA’s unlimited distance five-year warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance) and a pre-paid two-year or 30 000km* service plan. Vehicles are available now.
*Whichever comes first.