Pricing: local Kia Picanto range gains more safety and tech!
Kia Motors South Africa has announced an updated for its 2020 Picanto line-up, handing the small hatchback more tech and safety equipment.
Beginning with the entry-level Start derivative, various safety features including a front passegner airbag (complementing the existing driver's side item) and ABS braking complete the upgrade. Isofix child anchorage points have been added, too. Already included in the Start package is power-steering, manual air-con and a radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The 13-inch steel wheels remain.
Start models employ the Korean automaker’s 1,0-litre three-pot (good for 49 kW and 96 N.m), coupled with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Priced from R167 995 for the manual, the base Picanto now demands a R5 000 premium over the pre-updated version.
Street models gain an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, electric windows all-round and heated door mirrors. A multifunction steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat remain part of the package, while this model's 14-inch steel wheels benefit from a redesigned plastic cover design. Two engine options are on offer, a 1,0- and 1,2-litre, specified with either manual or automatic transmission, priced from R179 995 for the 1,0 manual to R202 995 for the 1,2 auto.
All Picanto veriants ship standard with a two-year/30 000 km service plan, plus five-year warranty, including roadside assistance.
See full pricing for the updated local line-up of the Picanto below…
Kia has revised its local Picanto range and added additional specification to provide more value for local buyers.
The third-generation Kia Picanto came to market in 2017 and with it came higher levels of driving and cabin refinement and it remains popular for buyers looking for a reliable and affordable city car.
An important change has taken place on the Picanto’s entry-level Start trim, which now features a front passenger airbag bringing the airbag count to 2 and Kia has also fitted ABS and EBD which will please safety-conscious buyers.
The Picanto Start derivatives include standard features such as 13-inch steel wheel with wheel covers, power steering with steering adjustment, manual air conditioning, radio with Bluetooth and a USB/Aux input.
The Picanto Start is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that offers 49 kW and 96 Nm of torque and comes mated with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The mid-spec Picanto Street build on the specification offered in the Start derivatives by adding features such as electric windows, mounted steering controls and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Notably though, the Street specification has now been bolstered with the addition of an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The side mirrors are now also heated while the 14-inch steel wheels gain a new plastic cover design.
Kia Picanto - Price in South Africa
Picanto 1.0 START Manual - R167 995
Picanto 1.0 START Automatic - R181 995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Manual - R179 995
Picanto 1.0 STREET Automatic - R193 995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Manual - R188 995
Picanto 1.2 STREET Automatic - R202 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Manual - R189 995
Picanto 1.0 STYLE Automatic - R203 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Manual - R198 995
Picanto 1.2 STYLE Automatic - R212 995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Manual - R219 995
Picanto 1.2 SMART Automatic - R233 995
The Picanto is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 2-year/30 000km service plan and Roadside Assistance.
Kia Picanto gains essential safety kit in 2020 spec upgrade
The Kia Picanto has always been a solid offering at the budget end of the market, but the base model has drawn criticism for lacking some basic safety features.
That changes with the 2020 specification upgrade for the Korean hatchback, with the entry-level Start models now receiving a passenger airbag and ABS brakes as standard. Previously only a driver’s side airbag was fitted. As before, other standard features on the start include air conditioning and an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.
However, the 1.2-litre engine option falls away for the Start base model, although the 61kW unit is still available on other spec grades. That means Kia’s 1-litre unit, with 49kW and 96Nm, is your only option if you’re buying the Start, although you can choose between a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearbox.
The second cheapest model in the Picanto range, the Street spec grade, has also been given a spec upgrade, with Kia’s 20cm touchscreen infotainment system now fitted as standard. The unit is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other spec gains come in the form of electric windows front and rear, and electric (plus heated) side mirrors. These features come in addition to the amenities that were already fitted as standard, such as remote central locking, height-adjustable driver’s seat and audio controls on the steering wheel.
Also getting a spec boost are the Style and Smart range-toppers. The former gains a leather-covered steering wheel and mirror-mounted indicators. As before, the Style is fitted with 14-inch alloy wheels.
An updated Kia Picanto is on its way and thanks to a leak, we get a look at the refreshed styling.
Thanks to Korean carblog Bobaedream, we can see the new car which is believed to be revealed quite soon.
The facelifted Kia Picanto gets more modern styling cues lifted straight from other Kia products. There are new-look headlamps, a new grille, sportier front bumper and fog lamps. The rear has been given a subtle change too. Interestingly, the leaked front image shows the flat radar panel indicating that the compact A-segment car has gained a modern driving assistance kit, which is likely to be active cruise control or some form of autonomous emergency braking.
Refreshed Kia Picanto hatch revealed sporting updates inside and out
The facelifted Kia Picanto has been revealed in South Korea, sporting choice updates inside and out.
The refreshed version of the firm’s third-generation Picanto – or “Morning” as it’s known in its domestic market – gains a new interpretation of Kia's signature tiger-nose grille, along with redesigned headlamps (complete with a fresh lighting signature) and an updated front bumper housing revised foglamps.
Round back, you’ll notice a more intricately designed bumper, along with new taillamps and what appears to be a pair of faux-tailpipes. As is the norm, the mid-cycle update also includes new wheel designs.
Inside, the Korean-spec hatchback gains both a new 4,2-inch colour multi-information display as well as a larger, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In addition, Kia has rolled out new driver assistance features (in its domestic market, that is), including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.
Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Kia Picanto, due on-sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2020. Offering a range of new safety and telematics technologies often reserved for larger, more expensive vehicles, the upgraded model also boasts lower emissions from newly reengineered powertrains, and striking design updates, inside and out.
The upgraded Kia Picanto brings with it a suite of advanced safety technology from Kia's larger cars, making it among the safest cars in its class. It also offers Kia's new 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys. Enhancements to the Picanto's petrol powertrain line-up include Kia's optional new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.
Kia Picanto GT-Line and X-Line variants ‘under consideration’ for SA
Kia Motors South Africa says the GT-Line and X-Line variants of the facelifted Picanto are “under consideration” for a local introduction.
The Korean firm’s local arm says the refreshed Picanto range is expected to touch down in South Africa in the final quarter of 2020. Of course, we’ve already seen the updated third-generation Picanto, after the little city car broke cover in South Korea in the second week of May 2020 (wearing the “Morning” badge).
Now, the company’s division in Europe has released fresh information, including the fact the upgraded Picanto will be offered with “re-engineered powertrains” and a new, optional automated manual transmission. We should point out, however, it remains to be seen whether the local range will gain the same upgrades.
The sportily styled GT-Line and rugged-looking X-Line variants gain the latest interpretation of the brand’s “tiger nose” grille, which features red highlights on GT-Line model and black trim on X-Line model. Both models feature redesigned headlamps and LED daytime running lights, along with redesigned LED taillamps. The front and rear bumper designs, too, have been tweaked.
Pricing! New Kia Picanto Runner arrives in SA as tiny load-lugger
Kia Motors South Africa has announced the launch of its new Picanto Runner, a tiny “urban delivery vehicle” aimed to small businesses.
Like Hyundai’s Grand i10 Cargo, the Picanto Runner ditches the standard city hatch’s rear bench to create a flat loading area. The Korean firm says it has added “sturdy” metal cargo dividers, while the rear glass has been tinted.
Based on the entry-level Start model, the Picanto Runner is powered by the firm’s naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 49 kW and 95 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual transmission.
Standard features include dual front airbags, central locking, ABS, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and an audio system (with a USB port). A five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty is included as standard, along with a two-year/30 000 km service plan.
The price? The Picanto Runner will cost you R198 995.
Kia Motors South Africa has announced the launch of its new Picanto Runner, a tiny “urban delivery vehicle” aimed to small businesses. Like Hyundai’s Grand i10 Cargo, the Picanto Runner ditches the standard city hatch’s rear bench to create a flat loading area. The Korean firm says it has added...