A new compact car by Kia, Kia Picanto 2012 images and specification taken during international autoshow by KDI. It has 1.0 litre and 1.2 litre engine with new design concept for exterior and additional fun features for a small and affordable car. Below are the specification of Kia Picanto. Not sure when the latest model will hit into Malaysia market as New kia Picanto Malaysia.
KIA PICANTO 2012
2012 Kia Picanto EX 1.0 Litre Technical Specifications
EX – M/T EX – A/T
Engine Kappa I-3 D-CVVT MPI 12V Kappa I-3 D-CVVT MPI 12V
1.0 litre – 998 cc
EX – M/T EX – A/T
Transmission 5-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Speed (Gate-Type) with Shift Lock
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer and Coil Spring MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer and Coil Spring
Rear Suspension Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring
Tire Size 165/60 R14 175/50 R15
Wheel Type Steel with Full Sheel Cover Alloy Wheels
Side Door Handle Body Color Body Color
Rear View Mirror Day and Night Day and Night
Seats – Front – Rear Bucket Type with Sliding and Reclining 60/40 with Double Folding, Fold Flat Bucket Type with Sliding and Reclining 60/40 with Double Folding, Fold Flat
Seat Material Fabric Fabric
Power Features – Windows – Door Locks – Steering – Outside View Mirrors with Tilt Adjustable and MDPS with Heated and Body Color with Tilt Adjustable and MDPS with Heated and Body Color
Audio System CD/AM/FM/MP3/AUX/USB/4 Speakers CD/AM/FM/MP3/AUX/USB/4 Speakers
Aircon Manual Climate Control System Manual Climate Control System
Seating Capacity 5 5
Seatbelts – Front – Rear 3-pt. ELR x2 3-pt. ELR x2 & Lapbelt 3-pt. ELR x2 3-pt. ELR x2 & Lapbelt
Impact Absorbing Body Body Color Body Color
Length (mm) 3,595 3,595
Width (mm) 1,595 1,595
Height (mm) 1,490 1,490
Wheelbase (mm) 2,385 2,385
Wheel Tread (mm) – Front – Rear 1,415 1,418 1,415 1,418
Curb Weight (kg) 845 865
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 1,340 1,370
KIA PICANTO 1.2 Litre 2012
Kia offers the Picanto with the 1.2-litre 4 cylinder KAPPA engine that delivers a useful 87PS i.e. 86bhp in old money and 121 Nm of torque.
Picanto in “Alice blue” A conventional 4 speed automatic transmission gets the power to the front wheels. The claimed fuel economy figure of 18.7 kms to the litre or 5.4 ltrs/100km, seems achievable. For drivers needing a little more involvement, a 5 speed manual transmission is available on the cheapest trim level, the LX. For a compact, the insides of the Picanto are welcoming in terms of space, seating comfort and general ergonomics. A sporty 2 spoke steering wheel and faux aluminium accents keep things interesting in the otherwise conventional interiors. Expect it to accommodate 4 average sized adults in relative comfort, but a fifth person would be a squeeze. The 60:40 folding seats complement the minimal boot capacity. The plastics are soft to touch and tightly put together but only a road test would reveal the squeaks and rattles and general fit and finish concerns.
Picanto’s aggressive front end The fully loaded EX model is a festival of features. It comes with a CD player with mp3 capability, USB port, aux input, fog lamps, alloy wheels, keyless entry system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, Bluetooth, day time running lights, escort and welcome lamp, electric folding mirrors, airbag, ABS and sunroof. Also Kia promises a host of complex safety features not found on small cars such as Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) etc. Prices for the LX start at Dhs. 36500, while the mid range EX model and full options EX, comes in at Dhs. 38,500 and Dhs. 43,000 respectively.
Nissan Micra??? Kia is likely to find buyers amongst young women mostly college going, who will appreciate the compact dimensions for city trotting, creature comforts and a dash of style. Prospective Chevrolet Spark and Daihatsu Sirion buyers should entertain their thoughts, with this exciting new car before making a purchase. We look forward to putting this little city slicker through some mountain road and some highway and will get our impressions to you soon.