Larger, stronger, more features, just as stylish; single variant with 1.2L, 84ps & 122Nm: RM49,888.
Naza Kia has officially launched the latest Picanto moments ago, making itself some room in the A-segment which is perpetually dominated by the national makes. The third-generation Picanto has its appeal, however, and definitely its own firepower.
To start with, it probably still is the best looking car in the segment, with a dynamic design that is best described to be ‘urban’. Focus is still on the front grille, although the bold body lines is a great compliment to the boxy shape which worked well since the second-gen model.
The wheelbase gains 15mm to a new 2,400mm, with the wheels pushed further out to shorten front overhang by 25mm.
Naturally the extended wheelbase transfers to a larger cabin: headroom increases by 3mm and legroom by 15mm; this gain also comes from having the front row seat height drop by 10mm and moved backwards by 5mm. The door trim is optimised and gives 10mm increase of shoulder room for those on the front seats.
There is an additional 55 litre of boot space over the previous generation, making it a total of 255 litres now. You get plenty more by folding the 60:40 rear seats, giving 1,010 litres.
The front boasts projection bi-functional headlamps with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights. The front bumper is from the previous car although now with added details.
The new Picanto’s 7-inch touchscreen gives access to a navi system with 3D map as well as integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition features.
The safety features come in the form of six airbags and Isofix baby seat mounts. The car’s tensile strength is also stronger with 44 per cent use of AHSS Advanced High Strength Steel (up from the previous 22 per cent) that helps to lower body-in-white weight by 23kg. Use of structural adhesive has also been significantly increased by eight times than before to give a static torsional stiffness improvement of 32 per cent.
Power for this single-variant Picanto comes from a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre Kappa MPI engine that makes 84ps and 122Nm with drive going to the front wheels via a 4-speed auto. 0-100kph takes 12 seconds, and average fuel consumption is claimed to be 5.4 litres/100km.
Interestingly, Naza Kia has brought back the ‘Novus’ brand, its accessory bundle for Kia vehicles last seen a fair number of years ago. For now, the kit is only available for the new Picanto and in two packages: the Novus X for RM5,618, and Novus S for RM3,498 (with GST). Accessories in the package includes the Novus emblem, solar tint, bodykit, as well as leather seats and DVR (digital video recorder).
Available in a choice of five body colours, the third-generation Kia Picanto is locally assembled in Gurun, Kedah, and sold for RM49,888.