Kia Picanto City goes on sale in the UK

Article by Christian A., on October 2, 2012

Kia’s new three-door Picanto ‘City, with a price tag of £10,245, will go on sale in the UK on October 1. This is the latest model to be added to the ‘Originals’ collection. This attractive new ‘Original’ has plenty of practical but stylish features that are not typically found in the cars under this price range, guaranteeing practicality with a dash of glamour.

The ‘Originals’ models come from the idea of a fashion collection, which gets frequent updates with unique styles and personalities. The Picanto ‘City’ has an exciting exterior appearance, with its signature red grille, set of 14” alloy wheels, chrome door handles, heated door mirrors and front fog lights. Metallic paint is a standard feature and this model is offered in Blaze Red or Bright Silver, so it can arrive in the city with style.

Its high specification includes reversing sensors, which allows for easy and convenient parking in tight city center spaces. The interior features premium cloth upholstery, sufficient storage for personal items and a leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. The features that will only be available in the ‘City’ include ambient LED lighting and a “Hollywood” style vanity mirror with three-stage illumination sequence.

Through Bluetooth connectivity, the driver can easily make hands-free calls via voice recognition and stream music. The ‘City’ is powered by the low-emitting three-cylinder Kappa 1.0 MPI engine, with a five-speed manual gearbox. It delivers only 99g/km of CO2 and offers 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle, which makes it exempted from road tax and the London congestion charge.

For safety, it has the following: Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill Assist Control. ‘City’ is equipped with the Cornering Brake Control, the first in the Picanto range to be installed with one. The ‘City’ has six airbags and five three-point seatbelts all around, which makes it one of the few 5-seaters in its class.

The latest iteration of the Kia Picanto small car has arrived, and it sports a different attitude from the previous model. From being cute and feminine, the new Kia Picanto was transformed into a mature and masculine small car, as defined by its muscular wheel arches and wide alloy wheels. This new dynamic design idiom found in the new Kia Picanto small car exudes not only strength but also stability.

Helping define the new character of the Kia Picanto is its newly designed front end, which is now as aggressive and as refined as the larger Kia Venga and Sportage. In fact, the new Picanto, Venga and Sportage sport the same signature 'tiger nose' grille. In addition, the new Kia Picanto is provided with daylight running lights that help highlight its sophistication and elegant design.

Meanwhile, the maturity and strength of the new Kia Picanto can be well seen on its sculpted and dynamic body, which also lends the small car its premium on-the-road presence. The body of the new Picanto is marked by a feature line on the flank, thereby elegantly integrating the car’s exterior door handles. This feature line also lends a dynamic tension to the sides of the new Picanto.

On the rear end, the new Kia Picanto exudes a new sense of modernity, thanks to its strong and bold bumper as well as to a large rear window bordered by a distinct rear light graphic.

Topics: kia, kia picanto, uk

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