New Kia Picanto might have its India debut at the next year’s Auto Expo.
Kia Picanto made its global debut at the on-going 87th Geneva Motor Show yesterday. Sporting updates, the model has been upgraded for year 2017 and now comes with new GT-line and S variants. Interestingly, Kia is evaluating options to enter Indian market and Picanto could be the first car to roll-out upon its foray here. Although, there is no official announcement from Kia on its arrival to Indian market, but it hasn’t denied the possibilities also. The company lately confirmed that it is considering India as one of the potential markets for its new manufacturing facilities.
Like other carmakers, Kia could choose to debut with a hatchback, the safest bet for the Indian market. Reports in media suggest that Picanto will be launched in India sometime in 2018 or 2019. Globally, the model will be positioned below its Korean cousin, Hyundai i10, which is sold under a different nameplate in India (Grand i10). In India also, we expect the pricing to be aggressive, however it is too pre-mature to comment on that. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
Visually, the Picanto looks sporty, with an aggressively styled front profile. Up front, it gets small, square-like 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 will be available with petrol engines, however we expect Kia to offer petrol and diesel engines for the Indian market.
Unveiled recently at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Picanto is expected to make its India debut at the next year’s Auto Expo. There is yet no hint around the launch date from Kia, but rumours suggest that Picanto could be rolled-out either in 2018 or in 2019. 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).
Globally, Picanto will come with 1.0-litre, three cylinder petrol engine putting out 66bhp and 96.2Nm of torque. There will be another 1.2-litre, four cylinder petrol unit making 83bhp and the more powerful 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol unit good for 99bhp. As for the Indian market, there is yet no information but we will update our readers as soon as there is an announcement.
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)
2017 Kia Picanto Official Sketches