2017 Kia Picanto GT Line
2017 Kia Picanto GT Line
The all-new Kia
Picanto 2017 city car has been revealed to European media for the first
time today ahead of its public debut at the Geneva International
MotorShow in March 2017. The new Kia Picanto GT will go on sale across Europe
from the start of Q2 2017 year.
in its third-generation, the new Kia Picanto 2017 brings a new, more
youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Boasting an
assertive new design and a high-tech, high-quality new cabin, the
latest model also offers buyers greater potential for customisation
and promises to be the most versatile car in its class.
new Kia Picanto 2017 will be powered by one of three gasoline engines,
including Kia’s new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct
injection) power unit. When the new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine
goes on sale during Q4 2017, it will be the most powerful engine ever
offered in the Kia Picanto 2017, and the first time this car has offered a
turbocharged gasoline engine.
Kia Picanto 2017 is one of Kia’s best-selling models around the world, and
has a particularly strong fan base here in Europe.
European customers have told us that they love the design of the
outgoing Kia Picanto. They love its low running costs, its compact
dimensions for city driving, and the high level of equipment
available for the money. The Kia Picanto 2017 retains these strengths, and
now offers a new level of dynamism and performance, as well as
introducing the latest technologies for in-car connectivity and
more than 1.4 million of the current-generation Kia Picanto have been
sold since it was launched in 2011, with more than 300,000 of those
sold in Europe. Despite the car approaching the end of its lifecycle
in Showrooms, Kia sold more than 55,000 Picanto models in Europe in
2016, representing year-on-year sales growth of 3 per cent.
all-new Kia Picanto 2017 year has been created by Kia’s design centres in
Germany, Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, collaborating to design a
youthful, energetic look.
to produce an innovative, bold and fun-looking urban city car,
designers have followed up on the mandate to full effect, giving the
new Kia Picanto a more assertive stance with bolder body lines.
the wheelbase extended to 2,400 millimeter, the wheels
have been pushed further out to the corners of the car for a 25 millimeter shorter front overhang, making the car look more planted on the road.
Strong, straight lines run horizontally across the front of the car,
emphasising the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and angular new wrap-around
headlamps. Vertical lines that encompass the side intakes and lower
grille enhance the Kia Picanto’s more confident new ‘face’.
profile, the new Kia Picanto 2017 is characterised by distinctive lines
running along the side skirts, shoulder and around the wheel arches,
and subtly-sculpted body surfacing – again, each helping to create
a more confident on-road design and visually ‘stretching’ the car
for a greater sense of ride stability – although the Kia Picanto is no
longer than the outgoing model, at 3,595 millimeter in length.
new model adopts Kia’s wide C-pillar as a design motif, which
stands more upright than that of the previous model. Combined with a
longer rear overhang – up 10 millimeter, to 520 millimeter – for a more assured
all-new Kia Picanto 2017 will offers buyers greater potential for
customisation than ever before, with a choice of 11 vibrant paint
finishes designed to make the car stand out. Among the six new
colours available to buyers are "Sparkling Silver", "Lime Light", "Shiny Red", "Aurora Black", "Pop Orange" and "Celestial Blue" pearlescent metallic paint finishes. The Kia Picanto 2017 is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its most basic form, and
customers can select one of four aluminium alloy wheel designs,
ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.
exterior of the Kia Picanto 2017 is also complemented by new projection
headlamps with LED indicators and LED daytime running lights, and,
from Q3 2017 year, a subtle shark-fin antenna on the roof to replace the
the first time, Kia will also offer the Kia Picanto 2017 in a new ‘GT-Line’
specification, inspired by the sportier appearance of the company’s
higher-performance ‘GT’ models, such as the Optima GT. In GT-Line
specification, the exterior of the new Kia Picanto 2017 is completed with red,
silver and black highlights in the grille, side intakes, along the
side skirts and in the rear valance, as well as chrome-tipped twin
the new Kia Picanto 2017, Kia designers have created a more modern, refined
cabin than the second-generation model, with new materials and layout
adding a greater sense of quality for occupants. The predominantly
horizontal design adds greater visual width to the interior,
highlighting the increased cabin dimensions.
dashboard layout is now more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch
‘floating’ touchscreen human-machine interface (HMI) sitting at
the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car’s
controls further up into the driver’s line of sight. A satin
chrome-effect strip runs across the dashboard for a higher quality
ambience, and large, vertical air vents at either end ‘bookend’
the front passenger compartment.
is key to the appeal of the new Kia Picanto’s cabin. While black and
grey cloth seats are available as standard, buyers can also
personalise their new Kia Picanto 2017 with one of five optional colour packs,
featuring contrast artificial leather upholstery and stitching.
contrast colours of the seats can be paired with optional new colour
pads on the door armrests, echoing the contrast scheme selected for
the seats. Finally, the Kia Picanto’s new GT-Line 2017 derivative will be
equipped with a D-cut steering wheel. The interior of the GT-Line
model will be available with the full range of colour packs.
its on-road footprint remaining the same as that of the outgoing
model, the all-new Kia Picanto 2017 will offer buyers best-in-class packaging
efficiency, with maximum versatility resulting from its larger cabin
and class-leading boot capacity.
Kia Picanto 2017 meets the increasing trend towards five-door models in the
A-segment, with Kia discontinuing the three-door model for the third
generation car. Offering maximum practicality, the new model is no
larger than the model it replaces, at 1,485 millimeter in height, 3,595 millimeter long and 1,595 millimeter wide. The new platform boasts a longer wheelbase
and longer rear however, overhang, freeing up more space in the cabin
and boot (the front overhang is reduced by 25 millimeter, to 675 millimeter).
the new Kia Picanto 2017 provides occupants with more leg- and head-room than
best-selling rivals in the A-segment, while a lower step height makes
for easier ingress and egress. The base of the dashboard has been
moved upwards by 15 millimeter for greater knee and leg space for front
passengers. The new Picanto is available with either four or five
seats, with the rear bench split into either two or three seats
depending on buyer preference (1.2-litre models are five-seat only).
new central armrest for front passengers can slide back and forth up
to 55 millimeter– a first in the class – and covers a small storage
compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a
sunglasses case. At the base of the centre console is an open
double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with
retractable twin cupholders which can fold away to yield more storage
the sun visors in the front of the cabin, the vanity mirror also
features bright new LED lights and a strip of mood lighting. By
providing the surrounding glow of a make-up room mirror, the
Kia Picanto’s new vanity mirror makes it easier for occupants to apply
make-up, check their hair-style, or adjust their hat, scarf or tie.
boot grows from 200 litres (VDA) to a maximum 255 litres – the most
of any car in the class – and also features a two-step boot floor,
which can be raised or lowered by 145 millimeter to create additional space
as required, as well as create an under-floor storage area. The 60:40
split-folding rear seats can be folded down completely flat with a
one-touch lever, for maximum ease of use. This also boosts cargo
capacity to 1,010 litres.
levels are also improved. Where the seats in many A-segment rivals
provide one-piece back rests with integrated headrests, the new
Kia Picanto 2017 gives buyers fully-adjustable headrests, which move up and
down and tilt forwards and backwards. The Picanto’s 2017 new seats are
also more comfortable for longer journeys, featuring the same
seat-base materials and construction found in larger Kia models (such
as the new Optima). In the rear, the angle of the back rest is more
reclined – from 25 to 27 degrees – for a more relaxed posture,
and slightly more prominent side bolsters on the rear bench further
improve comfort and support during faster cornering.
outgoing Kia Picanto 2017 won plaudits for its combination of immediate
handling responses and a comfortable ride. Engineers have emulated
these characteristics in the new model, while making a series of
modifications to the suspension – independent by MacPherson strut
at the front; torsion beam at the rear – to realise greater ride
stability and quicker, more enjoyable handling responses.
to reduce the body roll angle under cornering by up to 1° and enable
more immediate reactions to steering inputs, the Kia Picanto’s
anti-roll bars are 2 per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower at the
front, and 5 per cent stiffer and slightly higher at the rear. The Kia Picanto’s
revised dimensions – with a longer wheelbase and slightly shorter
front overhang – also enable the pitch centre of the car to be
placed further towards the rear of the car, helping to naturally
reduce ‘nose dive’ under braking without firming up the
suspension and potentially compromising ride comfort.
addition, the longer wheelbase contributes to a natural improvement
in ride quality and stability on all roads. The torsion beam rear
axle has been reshaped and features newly designed trailing arms, helping to
reduce weight by 1.8 kilogram over the rear axle with no loss in component
new steering rack means the steering ratio has been quickened by 13 per cent
over the outgoing Kia Picanto, from 16.5:1 to 14.3:1. Not only does this
enable more immediate responses to driver inputs, but reducing the
turns of the wheel lock-to-lock (from 3.4 to 2.8 turns) makes the
Picanto even easier to drive at low speeds and in the city. With the
front wheel pushed closer to the front of the vehicle, resulting in a
shorter overhang, the reduced weight ahead of the front axle reduces
inertia for more agile handling.
new Kia Picanto 2017 is the first car in its class to offer buyers torque
vectoring by braking – an additional function of the ESC (Electronic
Stability Control system). The adoption of
this new technology for an A-segment car means the Picanto retains a
higher degree of handling stability and security under cornering,
while helping to reduce understeer during harder cornering.
the all-new Kia Picanto’s quicker, more responsive steering is a range
of highly efficient small-capacity gasoline engines. Serving to
minimise the weight over the front axle, the downsized engine line-up
also delivers the sprightly acceleration and immediate powertrain
responses that customers expect of an urban car.
gasoline engines will be available to buyers. The 1.0-litre and
1.25-litre naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines
have been carried over from the outgoing Kia Picanto, with a range of
enhancements to improve efficiency and driveability. From Q4 2017 year,
Kia’s new 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection)
power unit will also be available, offering turbocharged gasoline
performance in the Kia Picanto for the first time ever. All engines are
paired with a five-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the
front wheels. Idle Stop & Go is available on certain manual
models, while the 1.25-litre MPI engine is also available with a
four-speed automatic transmission.
1.0-litre MPI engine provides the entry point into the Kia Picanto range,
producing 67 ps at 5,500 rpm and 96 Nm torque. The most fuel
efficient engine available to Picanto buyers, the 1.0-litre unit is
capable of producing just 89 g/kilometers of carbon dioxide, down from 95 g/kilometers on the
outgoing model (a 6.3 per cent reduction). Upgrades to the engine include a
new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and a new
cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the
engine to warm-up from a cold start. A new two-stage oil pump also
reduces mechanical friction.
mid-range 1.25-litre MPI produces peak power of 84 ps, and 122 Nm of
torque. Kia Picanto 2017 models with this engine will emit 104 g/kilometers of CO
on the combined cycle, compared with 106 g/kilometers for the existing
Kia Picanto. For its application in the new Kia Picanto 2017, Kia engineers have
optimized the valve timing of the engine’s dual continuously-variable valve timing (CVVT) system, and have also adopted a
similar new cooling system and shut-off valve to the 1.0-litre MPI
engine. New low-friction coated piston rings also help to reduce
cylinder friction for greater efficiency.
1.0-litre T-GDI engine, available in the Kia Picanto for the first time,
produces 100 ps and 172 Nm torque, the highest power and torque
outputs ever offered in Kia’s A-segment model. The engine features
a single-scroll turbocharger for instant acceleration, as well as an
integrated exhaust manifold, and a high-pressure (200 bar) fuel
supply. Laser-drilled injectors deliver precise quantities of fuel
into the cylinders to accurately control combustion, delivering
instantaneous accelerative responses and contributing to the engine’s
high efficiency and low fuel consumption.
has been dramatically improved in the new Kia Picanto 2017, with a range of
modifications designed to further isolate the cabin from vibrations
and noise from the road, wind and the engine. The result is a car
that offers the quietest cabin of any A-segment model, both at idle
and at a steady cruise.
refinement measures adopted for the latest Kia Picanto include a new
soundproofing panel beneath the dashboard and in the floor of the
cabin, while expandable sound-absorbent foam has been applied to
lower sections of the A- and B-pillars. Beneath the bonnet, a new
sound-absorbent engine cover and reshaped air intake help to isolate
engine noise from the cabin. The structure of the engine mounts has
also been revised to counteract engine vibrations. Furthermore, the
windscreen wipers have been lowered by 6 millimeter to reduce the level of
wind ‘roar’ generated at the base of the windscreen
a result of these upgrades, the new Kia Picanto 2017 produces a
quietest-in-class 39 dB of noise at idle – 3 dB less than the
current A-segment leader – and 68 dB at a steady cruise.
of the new Kia Picanto 2017 will have access to some of the most advanced
infotainment and convenience technologies available in the A-segment,
while still enjoying the same high value for money expected of a Kia
large, ‘floating’ 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen at the centre of the
dashboard houses a navigation system with 3D map, and is available
with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for full smartphone
integration. A rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines is
also on offer to buyers who want an additional level of assurance
when completing parking manoeuvres. An optional wireless smartphone
charger and USB port, located at the base of the centre console,
ensure drivers can keep mobile devices charged on the move.
new Kia Picanto 2017 is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring
double the proportion of AHSS (Advanced High Strength Steel) compared
to the outgoing model and a selection of active safety technologies.
a stronger body than ever before, 44 per cent of the new Kia Picanto’s
bodyshell is cast in AHSS (up from 22 per cent), reducing body-in-white
weight by 23 kilogram while improving tensile strength by 12 per cent. The new,
stronger steel has been used to reinforce the floor pan, roof rails
and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, strengthening the
core structure of the car. The new bodyshell also uses more than
eight times the quantity of structural adhesive found in the outgoing
model (67 metres of joins throughout the structure are now reinforced
with the adhesive). Overall, static torsional stiffness has been
improved by 32 per cent.
stronger, lighter body is supported by six standard airbags, and an optional knee airbag, as well
as a range of active safety features. These include standard VSM (Vehicle
Stability Management) with ESC (Electronic Stability Control) to
ensure stability under braking and cornering, detecting a loss in
traction and using ESC to help the driver keep the car on course.
addition, the new Kia Picanto 2017 will be available with AEB (Autonomous Emergency
Braking) – a key technology adopted to enhance safety in the
predominantly city and urban environments in which the majority of
customers drive their Picanto. An indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring
System is also available.
the value for money and high quality that has made the
current-generation Kia Picanto so popular, the all-new Kia Picanto 2017 will be
sold as standard with Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 kilometers warranty when
it goes on-sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017 year.