Naza Kia Malaysia’s little bundle of joy arrives as the New Kia Picanto makes local debut. Tagged at RM49,888, OTR with insurance, the third-generation Picanto is indeed an ideal choice for bargain hunters and first-time car buyers.
In looks, the 3rd-generation doesn’t differ all that much compared to the previous generation. However, new elements include a more trendy styling and sportier outlook. Highlights include an open-link style radiator grille, an extended wheelbase (2,400mm, up 15mm), shorter front overhang, new projector headlights with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights.
2018 Kia Picanto: Little car with a refined cabin
The New Kia Picanto’s interior gets more updated materials and a fresh layout for added width. Lowered seat positions and a wider head- and leg-room call for a more comfortable ride. Additionally, optimized door trim also increases shoulder room and a slimmer crash pad with the steering pushed upwards give a more pleasant drive experience.
Major highlights in the new Picanto are a large boot space which can hold a maximum of 1,010 liters, keyless entry, push start button, one touch triple turn signal, auto light control, RPAS (Rear Parking Assist System), electric folding side mirrors and safety power window on the driver’s side. For entertainment, a large ‘floating’ 7.0-inch touchscreen with voice recognition is installed as standard, along with an audio remote control, Bluetooth connectivity and usual AUX & USB ports.
A stronger and more rigid body structure makes the sub-compact safer with a structural integrity. Other notable safety items are six airbags, ISOFIX , rear seatbelt pretensioners, and active safety systems like ABS and ESC.
Sub-compact with a 1.2l engine
The new Picanto is fitted with a 1.2 Kappa MPI engine for a decent hp and city driving pace. It is paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. and power delivery efficiency.
Optional accessories for the Picanto and other models
The ‘NOVUS’ Kia accessory bundle is especially conceived for Kia vehicles starting with the Picanto. It comes in two options: Picanto NOVUS X and NOVUS S, priced at RM5,618 and RM3,498, respectively. Accessories included in the package are the NOVUS emblem, solar tints, stylish and sporty NOVUS Bodykits, as well as leather seats and a DVR-digital video recorder among others.
The new Kia Picanto is offered in five hues: Pop Orange, Lime Light, Honey Bee, Clear White and Titanium Silver.