New Kia Picanto might have its India debut at the next year’s Auto Expo.
The 2017 Kia Picanto has been designed by Kia’s Namyang, Korea, Germany and Frankfurt design centers.
Kia Motors had made it clear that it would enter in the Indian market by 2019. In line with its plan, the Korean carmaker has begun showcasing its product lineup via a dealer roadshow across the country. The roadshow includes seven models – Picanto, Sorento, Sportage, Rio, Niro, Optima and Cerato. Though, the carmaker will commence its Indian sales operations with three products – a small car, sedan and SUV – in 2019. Like other carmakers, Kia could choose to debut with a hatchback (2017 Kia Picanto), the safest bet for the Indian market. Globally, the Kia Picanto is in its third generation and received a latest makeover in December last year.
In India, the 2017 Kia Picanto will be positioned squarely against the Hyundai Grand i10, Tata Tiago and Maruti Swift. The company might showcase the hatchback at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The car’s new model had its public debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. With an investment of $1.1 billion, Kia Motors plans to establish its first production plant in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh in the Q2, 2019. Check Out – Upcoming Kia Cars in India
With an assertive new design, high-tech interior and lots of customization options, the 2017 Kia Picanto is the most versatile car in its league, claims the company. Designed by Kia’s Namyang, Korea, Germany and Frankfurt design centers, this new hatchback carries an aggressive fascia featuring a small, squared bonnet and sharp pulled-back headlamps flanking the small mesh grille with chrome surround. From the looks of it, the hatchback appears agile and bold, reminding of Hyundai cars from its native place. In global markets, Picanto is available with petrol engines, however we expect Kia to offer petrol and diesel engines for the Indian market. Read – Kia Stonic Compact SUV: Pictures & Details
The new Picanto was first previewed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Currently, the Korean automaker is showcasing the vehicle across the country via a dealer roadshow. The hatchback might have its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018, which will be held in February. Exact launch details are yet to be divulged by the automaker, but media reports suggest that the car could be launched in early 2019. We will update you as soon as Kia reveals anything on the same. Read – Kia Rio Sedan To Challenge Maruti Ciaz in India
|Maximum||Rs 4 lakh|
|Minimum||Rs 7 lakh|
Taking into account that Picanto will be priced below Hyundai i10 (Grand i10 in India) globally and Kia is contemplating to set up a manufacturing facility in India, Picanto should be priced aggressively. It would be wise for Kia to venture here with an affordable model in a bid to set foot in India. While the company aims at aggressive pricing for this hatch; however, it is too pre-mature to comment on that. Speculations suggest that the 2017 Picanto price in India might fall in the range of Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read About – Kia Sportage SUV & Soul Crossover
|Petrol (Expected)||1.2-litre 4-cylinder|
|Diesel (Expected)||New 1.2-litre|
In international markets, the new Picanto is made available with a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder that pushes out a maximum power of 66bhp and 96.2Nm of torque. The car also comes with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine churning out a maximum power of 83bhp and a more powerful 99bhp, 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol unit boosted with direct injection (T-GDI) technology. The latter one is the most powerful turbo petrol engine ever offered on the hatchback.
As for the Indian market, there is yet no information but we expect the car to come in both petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol version could get a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder unit, the oil burner is likely to be a new 1.2-litre unit. The same powertrains currently powers the new Grand i10 hatchback.
In the global markets, the 2017 Picanto is available in 11 paint schemes. Out of these, 6 shades are new on the hatchback – Lime Light, Aurora Black, Shiny Red, Sparkling Silver, Pop Orange and Celestial Blue. The India-bound model is likely to be offered with the same colour options.
The new Picanto is a fun-looking urban city car. Carrying sporty design and sharp elements, the hatchback looks quite aggressive from the front fascia. The sharp angular headlamps are connected with a small mesh grille with chrome surrounds. The straight horizontally running lines emphasise on the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and wrap-around projector headlights with LED DRLs and indicators. As we move down to the larger bumper, it carries various elements like fog lamps, hexagonal lower grille and side skirts etc.
The side view enhances visual appeal with bold window line, flared wheel arches and supporting lines. The distinctive lines running along the shoulder, side skirts and around the wheel arches add more to its sporty appearance. Proportionally, Picanto measures 3,595mm in length, 1,595mm in width and 1,485mm in height.
Interior of the 2017 Kia Picanto looks more refined and upmarket than its previous global model. The predominantly horizontal design and a stain chrome effect strip running across the dashboard and leather upholstery enhance its premium feel and appeal. Kia is offering a range of customisation options with the hatchback including five optional colour packs with artificial leather upholstery and stitching – High Gloss Black, Brown, Blue, Red and Lime. These contrast shade seats can be matched with the optional new door armrests.
The hatchback offers good headroom and leg space. For storing luggage, it offers around 255-litres of space which can be expanded to 1,010-litre by folding the rear seats. The global model comes layered with a 7.0-inch HMI touchscreen infotainment system with 3D map, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2017 Kida Picanto is claimed to be safer than the previous model. With Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), the hatchback now weighs 23kgs lighter improving its tensile strength by 12%.
Safety duties on the car are taken care of by six airbags (front, front side and curtain), AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. However, there is no clarity whether the India-bound version will come with all these equipment or not.
– Centrally aligned dashboard
– 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI
– Apple CarPlay
– Android Auto
– Reversing Camera
– USB port
– Automatic Emergency Braking (AEM)
Based on the Grand i10 platform, the new Kia Picanto looks aggressive thanks to its squared-shaped small bonnet, mesh grille and sharp pulled-back headlamps. It will share engine line-up with the new Grand i10, which includes a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.2-litre diesel unit.