The Upgraded Picanto - Kia Motors has made significant advancements to its smallest model, the Picanto. Presenting a range of new safety and telematics technologies often reserved for larger, higher – priced vehicles, the advanced model also features lower emissions from freshly reengineered powertrains, and stunning design updates, inside and out.
The safest cars in its class – The Upgraded Picanto carries a collection of new advanced safety features which are usually seen in Kia’s larger cars. It also offers Kia’s new ‘Phase II’ UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys.
The upgraded Picanto will offer Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard when sales commence in Q3 2020. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing will be announced in due course.
Refreshed design for Re‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ models with a diverse new look.
The Picanto line-up has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design, with significant updates made to the sporty ‘GT-Line’ and SUV-inspired ‘X-Line’ models in particular. The result is a refreshed, more distinctive appearance.
The appearance of both the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ Picanto models has been modified to give each car a more focused design. This begins with the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, which showcases a new textured surround and open-link exterior. The chrome-effect surround forms a sweeping shape which extends into the lower part of the redesigned headlamps, and gives the car a wider, more stable appearance. Each side of the ‘tiger-nose’ features a red highlight on ‘GT-Line’ models, or more technical black trim ‘X-Line’ models which resemble air intakes.
Both versions of the car now feature remodelled headlights and four-bulb LED daytime running lights. The back also features a new LED rear combination lamp design and a slimmer fog light design, giving a more noticeable rear light signature at the same time.
The upgraded Picanto presents buyers with high possibility for customisation, with a choice of 10 radiant paint finishes intended to make the prominent.
Upgraded infotainment screens and additional customisation options
The Picanto offers a range of visual and technological upgrades, focusing around a bigger 8.0-inch ‘floating’ widescreen audio visual navigation (AVN) system, and a high-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the driver’s instrument cluster
Subject to the trim level and market, the Picanto’s cabin is offered with black cloth or synthetic leather seats, with the enhanced model complete with a variety of new upholstery textures for an added modern-day, higher quality look and feel. The cabin is completed with black, silver or gloss black highlights in the door, on the dashboard and around the gear selector.
The upgraded Picanto is also accessible with a variety of popular interior colour packs to boost the customers’ ability to customise the cabin of their car, depending on vehicle specification and market.
Increased efficiency with the new ‘Smartstream’ engines
The improved Picanto is available in Europe with two new ‘Smartstream’ petrol engines, each increasing efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions compared to the earlier versions.
Both engines are equipped with a new Integrated Thermal Management System (ITMS), which offers more effective combustion chamber cooling. ITMS varies engine cooling characteristics based on the engine’s operating point.
Closer to the European on-sale date, Kia will announce emissions and efficiency data for the upgraded Picanto’s powertrains.
The Picanto offers a larger 8.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen satellite navigation system, trading the earlier 7.0-inch system. It also offers Bluetooth multi-connection, allowing users to pair up to two mobile devices at the same time – one for hands-free phone and media use; the other for media use only. The system features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard. Kia will reveal more details of UVO Connect ‘Phase II’ technologies before sales of the new model commence.
Broad range of ADAS, safety and convenience technologies available
The latest Picanto offers quiet a few of Kia’s newest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a variety of new active safety systems to improve occupant safety, making it one of the safest cars in its class.
Depending on specification, the Picanto’s new ADAS range includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with vehicle and pedestrian detection. Additionally, the Picanto is available with Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and Lane Following Assist (LFA).
On sale: upgraded Picanto reaches Europe in the third quarter of 2020
The upgraded Kia Picanto will go on sale across Europe in the third quarter of 2020, with the company’s unique 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing will be announced in due course.
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