New Kia Picanto might have its India debut at the next year’s Auto Expo.
We informed you earlier that Hyundai will introduce its affordable Kia brand in the Indian car market in the next 2 years. Kia Motors is currently in the process of finalising a site to construct its production facility. Media reports suggest that the new plant will be located in the Anantpur district, Andhra Pradesh. Adding to it, Kia Picanto hatchback could be the first product to be rolled-out to start India operations. As a reminder, the hatchback made its global debut at the 87th Geneva Motor Show.
Like other carmakers, Kia could choose to debut with a hatchback, the safest bet for the Indian market. The hatchback could make its Indian debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, while launch could take place in 2019. Globally, this car has been positioned below the Hyundai i10, which is sold under a different nameplate in India (Grand i10). The company will surely aims at aggressive pricing for this hatch; however, it is too pre-mature to comment on that. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
Talking about styling, the Picanto looks sporty thanks to its aggressively styled front profile. It features a small, squared bonnet and sharp pulled-back headlamps flanking the small mesh grille with chrome surround. From the looks of it, the hatchback looks 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.
The new Picanto had its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Korean automaker could showcase the hatchback at the Auto Expo 2018, which is scheduled to be commenced 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 Sportage SUV & Soul Crossover Snapped For The First Time
|Minimum||Rs 4 lakh|
|Maximum||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; hence we expect pricing to fall between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
|Engine||1.2-litre Kappa VTVT||1.2-litre, 3-cylinder tubro|
|Transmission||5-speed MT & 4-speed AT||5-speed MT|
In international markets, the Picanto is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 66bhp of power and 96.2Nm of torque. It also gets a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine making 83bhp and a more powerful 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol unit that is good for 99bhp. 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.
Carrying sporty design and sharp elements, the hatchback gets an aggressive face. The sharp angular headlamps are connected with a small mesh grille with chrome surrounds. 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 making it appear sportier. Proportionally, Picanto measures 3,595mm in length, 1,595mm in width and 1,485mm in height.
Inside, the hatchback offers good headroom and leg space. The global mode comes layered with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For storing luggage, it offers around 255-litres of space which can be expanded to 1,010-litre by folding the rear seats.
– 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.