Kia has debuted their new A-segment city car prior to the Geneva Motor Show. The Picanto will go on sale across Europe from the start of Q2 2017.
The third-generation Picanto has a new exterior design and modern cabin with ‘floating’ touchscreen. It will be powered by one of three gasoline engines, including Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) power unit. When the 1.0-litre T-GDI engine goes on sale it will be the most powerful engine ever offered in the Picanto, and the first time this car has offered a turbocharged gasoline engine.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Picanto is one of Kia’s best-selling models around the world, and has a particularly strong fan base here in Europe.
“Our European customers have told us that they love the design of the outgoing Picanto. They love its low running costs, its compact dimensions for city driving, and the high level of equipment available for the money. The new model 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 enhanced safety. For these reasons we are confident that the new Picanto will help us further build our profile and market share in this very competitive segment.”
Worldwide, more than 1.4 million of the current-generation 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%.
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