Kia has officially unveiled the sportier three-door version of the Kia Picanto before it starts selling in the UK this September. Kia claims that the three-door Picanto has a “fresh, dynamic appearance,” due to its new doors and rear panels. This is accentuated by rising belt line and side moldings of the car.
The new model has received external modifications that include a larger front grille, offered with silver or red trim surrounds, as well as modified bumpers. These feature a “slim, full-width lower grille, housing large black-bezelled foglamps,” at the front.
The car’s rear has a rectangular black central section and an exposed twin-chromed exhaust. The three-door Kia Picanto offers four trim levels: 1, 1 Air (which are both transferred over from the five-door car).
Then there are the Halo and Equinox, which enter the Picanto range for the first time ever. What the Halo and Equinox versions offer as standard are Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, automatic LED lights front and back, side skirts and a red front grille surround.
Halo is equipped with a set of 14-inch alloys, several heated front seats, heated steering wheel, reverse parking sensors and an electronic instrument binnacle. It also features a high gloss white centre fascia and it had a Lunar Glow metallic paint.
The top-spec Equinox models have Kia’s ‘Chilli’ red interior finish and gloss black fascia and gearknob. Its 15-inch telephone-dial style alloys provide a “more sporting” appearance to the exterior, which has a Galaxy Black metallic paint finish.
In addition, Equinox models received automatic air conditioning and smart key with starter button. The Picanto’s existing engine range includes a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which delivers 68bhp and has CO2 emissions of 99g/km, and the larger four-pot unit, which has an output of 84bhp and a CO2 emissions rating of 100g/km Co2, when fitted with stop-start. This means that they’re both exempt from London’s Congestion Charge.