New Picanto

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New Kia Picanto Press Pack - October 2020

THE KIA PICANTO ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                                           

General

  • Refreshed design for 2020 for all models
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ models gain extra enhancements
  • Picanto is the smallest model in the Kia range in the UK
  • Third-generation car, built in Kia’s homeland in South Korea
  • Joint design by European and Korean studios
  • Fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg, with emissions from 110g/km
  • Efficient new ‘Smartstream’ 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines
  • 99bhp three-cylinder T-GDi Turbocharged Direct injection engine
  • Five-speed manual gearbox fitted as standard
  • New Automated Manual Transmission option for drivers needing an automatic
  • All engines exceed the Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • 13-model range based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim grades

Body

  • Five-door, four-seat city car and five-seat crossover ('X-Line' and 'X-Line S')
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' are 30mm wider and 15mm taller than other Picanto models
  • Slim, wide 'tiger nose' upper front grille
  • Front fog lights housed in separate side grilles on ‘grade 3’ or in main grille on 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • Low beltline creates a larger greenhouse and gives a better view out and airier cabin
  • Large C-shaped rear light units
  • Two designs of front and rear bumpers, with a diffuser effect and trim twin exhausts for 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • Red grille, side sill and rear diffuser trim for 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' has front and rear skid plates beneath bumpers and black cladding on side sills and around wheel arches
  • High-strength steel content now 44 per cent
  • Steel or alloy wheels of 14-, 15- or 16-inches in diameter
  • Front air curtains channel turbulent air away from wheel housing

Interior

  • Class-best boot capacity of 255 litres
  • Horizontally structured dash with upper display area and lower control area
  • 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display on grade ‘2’ and above
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' places seats 15mm higher than other Picanto models
  • Satin chrome interior door handles and Aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber inserts for 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'

Technology and safety

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist standard on '2' models and above, and an optional extra on grade '1' version
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) standard across the range
  • Torque Vectoring Brake Based and Straight-Line Stability (SLS) fitted as standard
  • Wireless phone charger, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, 8-inch central 'floating' display unit with satellite navigation, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors and dual-height boot floor available
  • New 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics and advanced infotainment system
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live navigation plus Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone connectivity standard with grade '3', 'X-Line S' and 'GT-Line S'. 'X-Line' and 'GT-Line' has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  • Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering with quick steering rack for easy parking and manoeuvring and firm, precise feel at higher speeds

 

          INTRODUCTION

  • Refreshed design for 2020
  • Youthful and emotional design
  • Crossover-style ‘X-Line’ delivers greater choice
  • Efficient new ‘Smartstream’ petrol powertrain line-up
  • New Automated Manual Transmission option for drivers needing an auto
  • 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is Picanto’s most powerful engine ever
  • Up to 58.9mpg, with emissions from 110g/km
  • High-tech safety features and connectivity features
  • New ‘Phase II’ UVO Connect telematics and advanced infotainment system
  • The platform makes extensive use of high-strength steel
  • Fuel-saving ISG (Integrated Stop & Go) standard on all models

Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Picanto. 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 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 new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Picanto is one of our best-selling models in several regions worldwide, and a particular favourite among European A-segment drivers. The upgrades to the model are designed to keep the Picanto one-step ahead of its competitors thanks to its vibrant design and fun-driving attitude, combined with ‘class-above’ connectivity and safety technologies. We are confident the updated Picanto will further extend our market share in this highly competitive segment.”

Kia's smallest car in Europe ­– the youthful, stylish and fun-to-drive Picanto – is available with two highly distinctive body styles with the crossover-style ‘X-Line’ models sitting alongside the conventional five-door city car.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants make no pretence at being a full-blown SUV – they are driven through the front wheels only – but have a more rugged look which broadens the appeal of the Picanto in a market in which the crossover is king. The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants are powered by a 1.0-litre engine with a five-speed manual or five-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and are heavily based on the ‘GT-Line’.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance features keep occupants fully in touch with the outside world while minimising the risk of accidents. The modern platform features high-strength steel, boosting strength and safety, and the range includes ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants to add a level of sportiness to the Picanto line-up.

All models are powered by upgraded versions of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, now with lower fuel consumption and emissions. The Picanto is capable of up to 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions from 110g/km. A 99bhp version of Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine joined the line-up in 2018 and is the most powerful Picanto yet.

In line with market demand, the Picanto is available only as a five-door car.

The Picanto and its market

The Picanto competes in the A-segment, or city car sector of the UK and European car markets, one-step down in size from traditional superminis. It is a sector which is shrinking in size with increasing customer demand for crossover-type models over conventional city cars, hence the inclusion of distinctively bodied ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants.

The segment accounts for more than one million sales a year in Western Europe. In the UK, A-segment sales amount to around 130,000 a year and the Picanto has regularly been one of the top five best-selling models. The UK contributes almost a quarter of Picanto sales in Europe.

In this area of the market, size matters. Customer research shows that city-car buyers do not want big cars, so Kia engineers and designers have ensured that the Picanto is no larger than its predecessor. The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants are 30mm wider and 15mm taller, with the increase in height accounted for by the greater ground clearance.

Price, exterior design, value for money and equipment – areas in which Kia has traditionally been strong – are the prime motivators among customers in this corner of the market. Kia confidently expects the stylish, spacious, sporty and modern Picanto to increase its market share in the next few years, especially models like the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants in the range.

There are 13 versions of the Picanto on offer in the UK, based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim lines – grades ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The unchanged size of the Picanto disguises the ingenuity that has gone into its packaging for both passenger and luggage space. Boot capacity is a class-best at 255 litres and this increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded.

The design of the Picanto was a joint effort by Kia's studios in Germany and at Namyang in South Korea, where the car is sold under the 'Morning' name.

At the front the grilles and air intakes are flanked by multi-focus reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units (on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models). The front fog lights fitted to grade ‘3’ and above are housed in separate side grilles and on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, within the main lower grille. Air curtains in the side grilles channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels to reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. There is a bolder, more assertive bumper, which is echoed at the rear. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on several other Kias.

Inside, the Picanto follows other recent new Kias with a horizontally structured dashboard split into display and control areas, separated by a satin chrome trim strip, which emphasises the cabin's width and the car's strong, stable stance. Vertical ventilation outlets at the outer edges of the dashboard act as bookends for the instruments and display areas.

The seats are finished in smart black cloth for grade ‘1’, premium black cloth for ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, black faux leather with green stitching on ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ versions, or black and red faux leather on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. There are black door handles on grade ‘1’, silver paint on ‘2’ and ‘3’ versions and satin chrome door handles on all versions. Leather trim adorns the steering wheel and gear-lever from grade ‘2’.   

Passenger and luggage space in ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models are identical to that in the other grades. There are black side sill mouldings and wheel-arch cladding, silver skid plates beneath the front and rear bumpers and twin exhaust outlets. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models ride on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models have unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching and feature satin chrome interior door handles and metal pedals with rubber inserts. The lower centre console trim, air vents and door armrests are unique for ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models with silver and green accents. Unlike other variants, the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models have five seats.

 ‘X-Line S’ variants are further differentiated by chrome exterior door handles and feature automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel and a smart key with engine start/stop button. The driver and front passenger sunvisors have a vanity mirror with illumination on the driver’s side and there’s a dual height luggage area floor, boosting versatility. Wireless mobile phone charging is a feature of ‘X-Line S’ variants, together with a new 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with RDS and DAB radio, with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone. 

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates and red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes. They have black faux leather upholstery with light grey stitching and features satin chrome interior door handles.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘GT-Line’ comes with a new 8-inch touchscreen display with RDS and DAB radio and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity. The grade ‘3’, ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions are distinguished by an 8-inch centre-mounted 'floating' touchscreen with satellite navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The Picanto line-up has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design, with significant updates made to sporty ‘GT-Line’ and SUV-inspired ‘X-Line’ models in particular. The result is a refreshed, more distinctive appearance.

The ‘face’ of both the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ Picanto models has been revised to give each car a more purposeful design. This starts with the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, which features a new textured surround and open-link appearance. The chrome-effect surround forms a sweeping shape, which extends into the lower part of the redesigned headlamps, and gives the car a wider, more stable appearance. Each side of the ‘tiger-nose’ features a red highlight on ‘GT-Line’ models, or black trim on ‘X-Line’ models, which resemble air intakes.

Both versions of the car now feature redesigned headlights and four-bulb LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the car also features a new LED rear combination lamp design and a slimmer fog light design, creating a more recognisable rear light signature at the same time.

Both ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ models feature refreshed front and rear bumper designs with sharper creases in the bodywork for a more contemporary appearance. The changes create a more rugged, robust-looking design for ‘X-Line’ models and, for ‘GT-Line’ models, an appearance that visually links the car to higher-performance ‘GT’ models in Kia’s range. A larger, wider air intake in the lower bumper is accented by the ‘GT-Line’ body-coloured bumpers with gloss black highlights, and jewel-like fog lamps. ‘X-Line’ models echo the appearance of SUV protective skid plates, with metal-effect trim bearing the ‘X-Line’ logo, and a gloss black surround, which extends from the front grille into the wheel arch surrounds at the side of the car.

The upgraded Picanto offers buyers greater a choice with eight vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out. A new aluminium alloy wheel design for grade ‘2’ strengthens the Picanto’s sporty character, and is a 16-spoke, 14-inch design.

The third generation Picanto offers two highly distinctive body styles with the inclusion of crossover-themed ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models alongside conventional five-door city cars.

Size matters when it comes to city cars like the Picanto. Buyers want space, versatility and practicality, but within a compact package that can be threaded through narrow and crowded urban streets and parked in the tightest of hard-to-find spaces.   

Gregory Guillaume, Kia's Head of European Design, describes the new Picanto as "a small car that someone forgot to tell that it is small". 

Exterior

There is a simple elegance about both body styles with the Picanto and a complete absence of fussy extraneous detail, making them more youthful and energetic in appearance. From the front, the conventional city car gives the false impression of being wider and more stable than the previous model thanks to the elongated and slimmer 'tiger-nose' upper grille. This is in black with either silver paint or, from grade ‘2’ upwards, a chrome surround. It stretches outwards to meet the multi-function reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units. LED daytime running lights are standard on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line-S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The lower grille/air intake of all models is larger, and is now widest at its lower edge, in complete contrast to that on the previous model. Upright side grilles now house the front fog lights on grade ‘3’, and they are pushed as far outwards in the muscular bumper as is possible. The Kia badge has been relocated from the grille to just above it, and there are concealed windscreen wipers, which help towards a drag co-efficient, or Cd, of 0.33, reducing wind noise. Air curtains, which channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels, reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on several other Kias. The front fog lights are in the main lower grille on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. 

The side window trim is black on ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, with chrome on all other versions. Tinted glass is standard, and privacy glass features on the rear side windows and tailgate of ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. There are aerodynamically honed door mirrors and all models except grade ‘1’ feature alloy wheels.

The chunky appearance of the front bumper is echoed at the rear, and the fog light and reversing light have been pushed as far out to the car's extremities as is possible. C-shaped main light units – LED for ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ – are retained, but are more voluminous, with added detail to give a more high-tech image. As at the front, the overall effect is to exaggerate the car's width and stability. A roof spoiler aids aerodynamics and houses the high-level brake light. Grades ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT Line S’ with the new 8-inch touchscreen have a subtle shark's-fin antenna.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ has a series of rugged design cues with imposing, SUV-style bumpers and silver-coloured skid plates at the front and rear. Unique to the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models, there are black cladding on the side sills and around the wheel arches to enhance the visual effect. There are trim twin exhaust outlets, and the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates, red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and trim twin exhaust tailpipes.

Interior

Folding rear seats that are split 60:40, are standard across the range, expanding the luggage area to a maximum of 1,010 litres. The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ has a two-level boot floor. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models come with five seats as standard, with all other editions featuring four seats.

The dashboard, in common with other recent new Kias, is slim and wide to emphasise the cabin's width, and is split along horizontal lines into an upper display area and a lower control area. It is clean, modern and simple, with a satin chrome strip separating the two principal areas.

The quality of the Picanto – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. The instruments appear in a 2.6-inch monochrome cluster display on grade ‘1’, while all other versions feature a larger 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display. There is black cloth on grade ‘1’, premium black cloth upholstery on ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, black faux leather with green stitching on ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models and black and red faux leather on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter appears from grade ‘2’ upward and a D-Cut steering wheel is standard on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ editions. Black door handles appear on grade ‘1’ models, with silver painted items on ‘2’ and ‘3’ versions, while ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models have satin chrome door handles.

Comfort is assured thanks to seats that are based on those in Kia models two or three classes up. Where the seats in many city cars have one-piece backrests with integrated headrests, those in the Picanto feature fully adjustable active headrests. The new seats share the same base materials and construction as those in the Ceed. In the rear, the backrest angle is 27 degrees, with prominent side bolsters, and all of this makes for a more comfortable and relaxing ride on longer journeys.

In-car practicality has not been overlooked, either. There is generous storage space, which includes, at the base of the centre console, an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders. A central armrest for front passengers, which is standard in grades ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is a first in class and slides fore and aft by up to 55mm. It covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also has a tray for wireless charging of mobile devices.

‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

‘X-Line’ is similar in content to the ‘GT-Line’ model, but with unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching, satin chrome door handles, metal pedals with anti-slip inserts and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. It’s new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. 

The ‘X-Line S’ variant adds chrome exterior door handles to differentiate the model visually, as well as the addition of automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel, a wireless mobile phone charger and a smart key with engine start/stop button. There’s a dual height luggage area floor, and both driver and front passenger sunvisors feature a vanity mirror, with illumination on the driver’s side.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also have distinguishing features to emphasise their role as the sportiest models in the range. The most obvious of these from the inside is their black faux leather upholstery with light grey stitching.  There are satin chrome door handles and, for the ‘GT-Line S’, a heated steering wheel and front seats. 

The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’, along with grade ‘3’ versions, also have a new 8-inch central 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live, DAB radio and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

          DYNAMICS

The new Picanto, like its predecessor, is based upon a suspension system, which features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, with column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

Kia engineers haven’t messed with the winning formula of sharp handling responses and comfortable ride of the previous Picanto, as this provides great stability and quick steering reactions – something that is especially helpful in confined city streets and when parking.

When the all-new Picanto was launched three years ago, the MacPherson strut front suspension had revised geometry, which reduced friction, to ensure that the forces from the wheels are now more in line with the dampers. The anti-roll bar was two per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower, while at the rear it was made five per cent stiffer. This reduced the angle of cornering roll by up to one degree which, along with the shorter front overhang, improved steering responsiveness.

The slightly more rearward weight bias reduced the pitch centre of the car and nosedive when braking, improving ride comfort without the need for firmer spring and damper settings. The extended wheelbase also added to ride comfort.

The changes implemented three years ago have been carried over to the new Picanto, meaning that the rear torsion beam is U-shaped and featured new trailing arms to reduce unsprung weight on the rear axle, with no loss of component rigidity. As at the front, the measures were designed to reduce friction and maximise damping.

Other alterations back then included a steering rack for the MDPS system that was mounted lower and is 13 per cent quicker, requiring just 2.8 turns between the extremes of lock instead of the previous 3.4. Along with the shorter front overhang, this considerably improves the responsiveness and agility in tight manoeuvres and when parking. The Picanto has a tight turning circle of just 9.4 metres.

Wheels of 14-, 15- or 16-inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 175/65 R14, 185/55 R15 or 195/45 R16 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.   

          ENGINES

The upgraded Picanto is available with two new ‘Smartstream’ petrol engines, each maximising efficiency and lowering CO2 emissions compared to their predecessors. The engine line-up features a 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine producing 99bhp, or a 1.0-litre DPI (Dual-Port Fuel injection) engine producing 66bhp.

The most powerful engine ever to appear in a Picanto takes pride of place in the third-generation model. It is a 99bhp version of Kia's in-house 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) unit and was new during 2018. The T-GDi power unit is offered alongside a new 1.0-litre ‘Smartstream’ petrol engine. As with the vast majority of city cars, there is no diesel engine because any savings in running costs would not be sufficient to compensate for the higher purchase price.

A major re-engineering programme has reduced the fuel consumption and emissions of the Smartstream engine, which is capable of 58.9mpg and 110g/km. Five-speed manual gearboxes are standard on all of the engine choices, with a five speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) available on all grades, except ‘1’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

1.0 T-GDi powerplant cuts a dash

Among other innovations, the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine features a more efficient 350 bar high-pressure fuel injection system, and it fits in perfectly with Kia's downsizing strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque from only three cylinders and a cubic capacity of just 998cc, thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure (up to 200 bar) injection system, resulting in highly efficient combustion. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

The key targets were instantaneous response, high combustion efficiency and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. The 1.0-litre 12-valve T-GDi engine develops 99bhp at 4,500rpm and 171Nm of torque continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm, and features a number of innovative technical solutions. There are laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread evenly throughout the cylinders. A straight air intake port ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system, which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing, reducing weight and lowering exhaust gas temperatures. Lower temperatures result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre line to aid smoothness. As a result of these detailed engineering measures the T-GDi engine exhibits minimal throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost. The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The T-GDi engine accelerates the Picanto from standstill to 60mph in 9.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 112mph.

New ‘Smartstream’ engine innovations increase efficiency

The new engines are equipped with a new Integrated Thermal Management System (ITMS), which provides more effective combustion chamber cooling. ITMS varies engine cooling characteristics based on the engine’s operating point.

The naturally aspirated engine replaces multi-point injection with new dual-port fuel injection technology, with optimised injection timing for maximum fuel efficiency. It features improved exhaust gas recirculation lines and optimised intake valve timing, for maximum fuel efficiency improvements.

The 1.0-litre 12-valve unit develops 66bhp at a reduced 5,500rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3,750rpm, giving the car a 100mph top speed and sprightly 0-60mph acceleration in 14.1 seconds with immediate responses that befit a primarily urban car. Of equal interest to budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy capable of up to 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions from 110g/km. The spread of torque, acceleration and highway performance have all improved compared with the previous Picanto.

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)

All versions of the Picanto are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic. As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear stick into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the pedal is partially engaged, and this feature means the car is not using fuel and no emissions are released when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch next to the gear stick.

Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

The updated Picanto is the first model equipped with Kia’s new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The AMT is based around a five-speed manual transmission with clutch and gearshift actuators to automate clutch operation and gearshifts. Using a single dry clutch, the AMT is a cost-effective option for customers who favour the convenience and ease-of-use of an automatic transmission, without sacrificing the fuel efficiency of a conventional manual transmission.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

58.9

110

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

58.9

110

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

54.3

118

Picanto ‘3’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

57.6

112

Picanto ‘3’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

53.3

119

Picanto ‘X-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

52.3

122

Picanto ‘X-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

123

Picanto ‘X-Line S’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

52.3

122

Picanto ‘X-Line S’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

123

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

55.4

115

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

122

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

9.9

112

TBC

TBC

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

9.9

112

TBC

TBC

 

          TECHNOLOGY

Available on grade ‘3’, ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’, Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ Live are accessed through a new 8-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto™ is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay™ is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset and is standard on grade ‘3’ upwards. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts. Android Auto gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

UVO Connect’s Phase II features provide customers with several new benefits, such as more accurate journey times, ‘last-mile’ navigation assistance, and a range of features to enhance connectivity and usability. These can be accessed through an enhanced UVO smartphone app or via vehicles’ on-board infotainment systems.

One of the most useful Phase II features to be offered in UVO Connect-equipped vehicles is ‘Online Navigation’. This service draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to predict traffic levels more accurately, giving customers a more accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival. This differs from traffic prediction tools found in conventional navigation systems, which only rely on in-car route planning and real-time traffic information to estimate journey times.

Kia’s new ‘Last Mile Navigation’ feature will help customers continue navigating to their final destination, even after they have parked up and left their car behind. This offers Kia customers the ideal solution for navigation in towns and cities where parking hubs are often some distance away from shops, cafés and restaurants.

Once the vehicle’s ignition has been turned off, this new feature sends a push notification to the UVO app on the user’s smartphone if their destination is between 200 metres and 2 kilometres away. The app lets users seamlessly access Google Maps navigation to complete their journey on foot. Alternatively, users can engage an augmented reality function, ‘AR Guidance’, which opens the smartphone’s camera and blends the image with AR turn-by-turn directional arrows.

Customers can also use a new ‘User Profile Transfer’ feature on the UVO app. This enables them to check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences, at a time and place convenient for them. When the ignition is turned on, customers are automatically greeted with their preferred settings, saving time and making each journey more enjoyable.

It also lets Kia owners back-up their in-vehicle UVO preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next. This system will benefit customers who regularly switch between different UVO Connect-equipped Kia cars, for instance, fleet drivers who use pool cars, or families with more than one UVO Connect-equipped Kia in their household.

 

          SAFETY

The updated Picanto is equipped with Torque Vectoring By Braking, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Straight-line Stability (SLS) systems as standard, helping drivers maintain control under braking and cornering. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models. All versions also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. From grade ‘2’ and above, the Picanto’s includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) city.

The latest Picanto is fitted with seven airbags throughout the cabin, including a driver’s knee airbag. There are pre-tensioners and load limiters front and rear to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.

The Picanto is equipped with an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights to alert the car behind if the driver has to brake suddenly. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) holds the car on the brake to ensure the car moves away smoothly from a hill start.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph, the Picanto will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions, and minimising the consequences of others. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically. At up to 107mph, partial Forward Collision Avoidance Assist comes into play to reduce the severity of, or completely prevent, collisions.   

The ultra-stiff body shell of the Picanto, composed of 44 per cent advanced high-strength steels, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident. It ensures that all variants of the new Picanto are the safest small car Kia has ever produced.

The chassis has carefully designed longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the previous model. Structural improvements include the application of almost nine times more adhesives (now 67 metres) to bond the body together. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts. The new, stronger steel has been used to strengthen the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, creating a rigid core structure.

 

        SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

There are 13 versions of the Picanto available in the UK, based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim lines, with grades of ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The Picanto may be the entry-level model to the world of Kia, but that does not mean it is a poor relation. Depending on model, it offers many of the luxuries found in larger Kias and is available with the latest connectivity features and advanced driver assistance systems. In addition, for the first time, there are crossover-themed ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ and sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.  

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, 3.8-inch monochrome audio display with RDS and DAB, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), Torque Vectoring Brake Based and Straight Line Stability (SLS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Options include metallic paint and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) City with a 4.2-inch monochrome supervision cluster as part of the optional Advanced Driving Assistance package. A four-seat version paired with the 1.0 DPi engine and manual transmission is available.

From grade ‘2’, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) , air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth® with music streaming and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift are standard. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss lower centre fascia trim, door armrests and air vents, with body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims. In addition, a 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display makes an appearance on the standard equipment list. A four-seat version paired with the 1.0 DPi engine and a choice of manual or Automated Manual Transmissions are available.

Grade ‘3’ adds, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a new 8-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, Bluetooth® with music streaming, a DAB radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors and chromed exterior door handles.

The ‘X-Line’ is equipped 16-inch rather than 15-inch alloy wheels, unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching, a D-cut steering wheel, satin chrome door handles, metal pedals with anti-slip inserts and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. ‘X-Line’ has body-coloured rather than chrome exterior door handles, silver skid plates beneath the bumpers, trim twin exhaust outlets, black side mouldings, chrome side window trim, projection rather than multi-focus headlights and LED daytime running lights and rear lights and a LED rear fog light. The lower centre console trim, air vents and door armrests are unique for ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models with silver and green accents. The new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™.

The ‘X-Line S’ variant adds chrome exterior door handles to differentiate the model visually from the ‘X-Line’, as well as the addition of automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel and a smart key with engine start/stop button. There’s a dual height luggage area floor, and both driver and front passenger sunvisors feature a vanity mirror, with illumination on the driver’s side. A wireless mobile phone charger is included, along with a new 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with RDS and DAB radio and Kia Connected Services.

The ‘GT-Line’ model also has 16-inch alloy wheels plus sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates, a trim twin exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, matching black and red accents to the front armrests, a D-cut steering wheel, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome interior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps, rear lights and rear fog light, and a chrome beltline strip. The new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and rear parking camera and sensors complete the comprehensive equipment list on the ‘GT-Line’ grade

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger,  heated front seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a dual-height boot floor, a luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror. In addition, a new 8-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live is standard equipment.

Advanced driver aids

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) is standard from grade ‘2’ and optional on grade ‘1’, along with the 4.2-inch supervision cluster, as part of the Advanced Driving Assistance package. Using a combination of camera and radar, it provides full braking between 5mph and 50mph and partial braking with a driver alert at up to 107mph. As a result, many potential collisions – with both vehicles and pedestrians – can be avoided, while the severity of others may be considerably reduced.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Picanto is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

     FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

 

Q.How important is the Picanto in the UK?

            The Picanto is hugely important to the success of Kia in the UK and is our second best-selling model, behind the Sportage SUV. In 2019, almost 18,000 examples of the Picanto were registered in the UK, which was up by more than 6 per cent on the previous year. The smallest model in Kia’s line-up continues to grow, and this is due to the success of this third-generation car.

 

Q. What sales targets have you set for the Picanto for the UK market?

            We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Picanto to continue to do well in the UK market.

 

Q. How challenging has 2020 been?

When the Coronavirus hit in March, it had a devastating effect on the sale of new and used cars, particularly as it is traditionally the biggest month of the year thanks to the registration plate change. As a result, the UK market was down by 44.4 per cent in March compared to 2019, although Kia fared somewhat better, with new car registrations lower by 29 per cent.

With car showrooms closed throughout the mandated lockdown period and only allowed to reopen from June, our retailers have been playing catch up ever since. I am extremely proud of the dealer network we have, and as a result of their hard work, we have had a record-breaking August, with an all-time high of 4,179 new car deliveries. That’s the highest number of cars delivered during an August month, ever. Kia’s sales were up by 21 per cent compared to August 2019 and it is a strong comeback following the COVID-19 lockdown.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, and it is expected that the rest of the year will prove to be tough, with uncertainty in the jobs market and an end to the Government’s support schemes for businesses. We enter this period with one of the strongest model ranges ever, with the new Sorento set to wow customers with its premium cabin and excellent road manners. Joining the Sorento in showrooms this autumn are refreshed versions of Kia’s small car ranges, the Picanto, Rio and Stonic. They all feature brand new ‘SmartStream’ engines and mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology features for the first time in the Rio and Stonic ranges. In addition, Kia’s phase II UVO Connect infotainment system is being rolled out right the way across the model line-up.

Looking at other challenges of 2020, even before the pandemic hit it was already going to be a hugely challenging year for UK businesses, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the UK’s split from Europe. With a significant number of our most popular cars built within the European Union – Ceed family and Sportage – it has been necessary to plan for the worst scenario possible as we edge towards 2021.

And if those challenges weren’t enough, tougher emissions regulations also came into force in 2020, with new, even more stringent standards that means that every car maker must achieve a CO2 average of 95g/km across their product range. Failure to do so will mean significant fines, and so the primacy focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km, across the line-up. This may become even tougher in 2021 when the UK is separate and is no longer part of the European figures.

 

Q. Which vehicles are striking a chord with UK buyers currently?

For many people, the Coronavirus lockdown was a time to reflect on their lives, with many aspects of daily routine examined. The sale of alternatively fuelled vehicles has accelerated over the past few months, and in particular the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) segment has risen from 1.4 per cent at the turn of the year to 4.7 per cent in August. While those are still small figures, it shows there is a growing appetite for zero and ultra-low emission cars.

And that’s an area that Kia is investing strongly in and I’m proud to say that our Niro SUV was the most popular alternatively fuelled vehicle in August 2020, outselling the second placed car by almost two-to-one. 1,417 examples of the pure electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle were delivered to UK customers. In the past we have faced significant supply restrictions of e-Niro, but this is now improving, and our customers have been happy to wait.

During 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The Sorento PHEV will make that four when it arrives early next year. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

 

Q. What elements of the Picanto make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?

            The Picanto family is an important part of our model range, and this success is now doubt down to the wide range of versions that we offer here in the UK. The ‘X-Line’ models deliver a great package for those attracted to SUV-influenced styling, wrapped up in a compact footprint, while the ‘GT-Line’ offer sporty looks and sparkling performance. The city car segment is hugely competitive, and the Picanto is the fourth best-seller in the category.  

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

 

Q. Which engines are the best sellers in the Picanto line-up?

The 1.0-litre 66bhp engine is the most popular powerplant in the Picanto, and that’s no doubt down to the fact that it is offered on all but the Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ grade. The 1.0 T-GDi unit, the most powerful ever in a Picanto, and sold exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ equipment levels, accounts for more than seven per cent of all sales.

 

Q. What is the most popular trim level?

            Grade ‘2’ is the best-selling equipment level, with a quarter of all buyers opting for it in 2019, while 33 per cent of customers choose either the ‘X-Line’ or ‘GT-Line’ family of models.

 

Q. Why isn’t there a three-door Picanto?

Demand for traditional three-door hatchbacks is decreasing – there are no plans to introduce a three-door Picanto to the range. In previous generations of Picanto, the three-door made up only a very small proportion of total Picanto sales, with buyers favouring the more practical five-door hatchback bodystyle.

 

Q. Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the Picanto?

We are evaluating electrified powertrains for all of our future products, but so far we have not made any announcements about electrification plans for the Picanto in its current generation.

 

Q. Are there any plans for a more powerful Picanto GT?

The most powerful engine in the Picanto yet, the 1.0 T-GDi, accounts for around seven per cent of all Picanto sales, and that powerplant in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ meets the needs of buyers that desire a sporty city car. We don’t believe that there would be sufficient demand for a hotter Picanto at this time.

 

Q         Why isn’t the Picanto offered with a diesel engine?

            The market for a diesel engine in a city car is extremely tiny, and we are therefore concentrating on petrol powerplants that suit the majority of buyers. And with a combined fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg, we believe that the 1.0-litre Picanto engine already delivers figures that would appeal to cost-conscious buyers looking to maximise fuel economy.

 

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PRESS PACK

New Kia Picanto Press Pack - October 2020

THE KIA PICANTO ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                                           

General

  • Refreshed design for 2020 for all models
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ models gain extra enhancements
  • Picanto is the smallest model in the Kia range in the UK
  • Third-generation car, built in Kia’s homeland in South Korea
  • Joint design by European and Korean studios
  • Fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg, with emissions from 110g/km
  • Efficient new ‘Smartstream’ 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines
  • 99bhp three-cylinder T-GDi Turbocharged Direct injection engine
  • Five-speed manual gearbox fitted as standard
  • New Automated Manual Transmission option for drivers needing an automatic
  • All engines exceed the Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • 13-model range based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim grades

Body

  • Five-door, four-seat city car and five-seat crossover ('X-Line' and 'X-Line S')
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' are 30mm wider and 15mm taller than other Picanto models
  • Slim, wide 'tiger nose' upper front grille
  • Front fog lights housed in separate side grilles on ‘grade 3’ or in main grille on 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • Low beltline creates a larger greenhouse and gives a better view out and airier cabin
  • Large C-shaped rear light units
  • Two designs of front and rear bumpers, with a diffuser effect and trim twin exhausts for 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • Red grille, side sill and rear diffuser trim for 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' has front and rear skid plates beneath bumpers and black cladding on side sills and around wheel arches
  • High-strength steel content now 44 per cent
  • Steel or alloy wheels of 14-, 15- or 16-inches in diameter
  • Front air curtains channel turbulent air away from wheel housing

Interior

  • Class-best boot capacity of 255 litres
  • Horizontally structured dash with upper display area and lower control area
  • 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display on grade ‘2’ and above
  • 'X-Line' and 'X-Line S' places seats 15mm higher than other Picanto models
  • Satin chrome interior door handles and Aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber inserts for 'X-Line', 'X-Line S', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S'

Technology and safety

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist standard on '2' models and above, and an optional extra on grade '1' version
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) standard across the range
  • Torque Vectoring Brake Based and Straight-Line Stability (SLS) fitted as standard
  • Wireless phone charger, heated seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, 8-inch central 'floating' display unit with satellite navigation, DAB radio, rear parking camera and sensors and dual-height boot floor available
  • New 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics and advanced infotainment system
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live navigation plus Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone connectivity standard with grade '3', 'X-Line S' and 'GT-Line S'. 'X-Line' and 'GT-Line' has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  • Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering with quick steering rack for easy parking and manoeuvring and firm, precise feel at higher speeds

 

          INTRODUCTION

  • Refreshed design for 2020
  • Youthful and emotional design
  • Crossover-style ‘X-Line’ delivers greater choice
  • Efficient new ‘Smartstream’ petrol powertrain line-up
  • New Automated Manual Transmission option for drivers needing an auto
  • 1.0-litre T-GDi engine is Picanto’s most powerful engine ever
  • Up to 58.9mpg, with emissions from 110g/km
  • High-tech safety features and connectivity features
  • New ‘Phase II’ UVO Connect telematics and advanced infotainment system
  • The platform makes extensive use of high-strength steel
  • Fuel-saving ISG (Integrated Stop & Go) standard on all models

Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Picanto. 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 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 new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Picanto is one of our best-selling models in several regions worldwide, and a particular favourite among European A-segment drivers. The upgrades to the model are designed to keep the Picanto one-step ahead of its competitors thanks to its vibrant design and fun-driving attitude, combined with ‘class-above’ connectivity and safety technologies. We are confident the updated Picanto will further extend our market share in this highly competitive segment.”

Kia's smallest car in Europe ­– the youthful, stylish and fun-to-drive Picanto – is available with two highly distinctive body styles with the crossover-style ‘X-Line’ models sitting alongside the conventional five-door city car.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants make no pretence at being a full-blown SUV – they are driven through the front wheels only – but have a more rugged look which broadens the appeal of the Picanto in a market in which the crossover is king. The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants are powered by a 1.0-litre engine with a five-speed manual or five-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and are heavily based on the ‘GT-Line’.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance features keep occupants fully in touch with the outside world while minimising the risk of accidents. The modern platform features high-strength steel, boosting strength and safety, and the range includes ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants to add a level of sportiness to the Picanto line-up.

All models are powered by upgraded versions of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, now with lower fuel consumption and emissions. The Picanto is capable of up to 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions from 110g/km. A 99bhp version of Kia's 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine joined the line-up in 2018 and is the most powerful Picanto yet.

In line with market demand, the Picanto is available only as a five-door car.

The Picanto and its market

The Picanto competes in the A-segment, or city car sector of the UK and European car markets, one-step down in size from traditional superminis. It is a sector which is shrinking in size with increasing customer demand for crossover-type models over conventional city cars, hence the inclusion of distinctively bodied ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants.

The segment accounts for more than one million sales a year in Western Europe. In the UK, A-segment sales amount to around 130,000 a year and the Picanto has regularly been one of the top five best-selling models. The UK contributes almost a quarter of Picanto sales in Europe.

In this area of the market, size matters. Customer research shows that city-car buyers do not want big cars, so Kia engineers and designers have ensured that the Picanto is no larger than its predecessor. The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants are 30mm wider and 15mm taller, with the increase in height accounted for by the greater ground clearance.

Price, exterior design, value for money and equipment – areas in which Kia has traditionally been strong – are the prime motivators among customers in this corner of the market. Kia confidently expects the stylish, spacious, sporty and modern Picanto to increase its market share in the next few years, especially models like the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ variants in the range.

There are 13 versions of the Picanto on offer in the UK, based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim lines – grades ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The unchanged size of the Picanto disguises the ingenuity that has gone into its packaging for both passenger and luggage space. Boot capacity is a class-best at 255 litres and this increases to 1,010 litres with the rear seats folded.

The design of the Picanto was a joint effort by Kia's studios in Germany and at Namyang in South Korea, where the car is sold under the 'Morning' name.

At the front the grilles and air intakes are flanked by multi-focus reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units (on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models). The front fog lights fitted to grade ‘3’ and above are housed in separate side grilles and on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models, within the main lower grille. Air curtains in the side grilles channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels to reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. There is a bolder, more assertive bumper, which is echoed at the rear. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on several other Kias.

Inside, the Picanto follows other recent new Kias with a horizontally structured dashboard split into display and control areas, separated by a satin chrome trim strip, which emphasises the cabin's width and the car's strong, stable stance. Vertical ventilation outlets at the outer edges of the dashboard act as bookends for the instruments and display areas.

The seats are finished in smart black cloth for grade ‘1’, premium black cloth for ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, black faux leather with green stitching on ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ versions, or black and red faux leather on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. There are black door handles on grade ‘1’, silver paint on ‘2’ and ‘3’ versions and satin chrome door handles on all versions. Leather trim adorns the steering wheel and gear-lever from grade ‘2’.   

Passenger and luggage space in ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models are identical to that in the other grades. There are black side sill mouldings and wheel-arch cladding, silver skid plates beneath the front and rear bumpers and twin exhaust outlets. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models ride on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models have unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching and feature satin chrome interior door handles and metal pedals with rubber inserts. The lower centre console trim, air vents and door armrests are unique for ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models with silver and green accents. Unlike other variants, the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models have five seats.

 ‘X-Line S’ variants are further differentiated by chrome exterior door handles and feature automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel and a smart key with engine start/stop button. The driver and front passenger sunvisors have a vanity mirror with illumination on the driver’s side and there’s a dual height luggage area floor, boosting versatility. Wireless mobile phone charging is a feature of ‘X-Line S’ variants, together with a new 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with RDS and DAB radio, with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone. 

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates and red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes. They have black faux leather upholstery with light grey stitching and features satin chrome interior door handles.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘GT-Line’ comes with a new 8-inch touchscreen display with RDS and DAB radio and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity. The grade ‘3’, ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions are distinguished by an 8-inch centre-mounted 'floating' touchscreen with satellite navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The Picanto line-up has received a comprehensive enhancement to exterior design, with significant updates made to sporty ‘GT-Line’ and SUV-inspired ‘X-Line’ models in particular. The result is a refreshed, more distinctive appearance.

The ‘face’ of both the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ Picanto models has been revised to give each car a more purposeful design. This starts with the ‘tiger-nose’ grille, which features a new textured surround and open-link appearance. The chrome-effect surround forms a sweeping shape, which extends into the lower part of the redesigned headlamps, and gives the car a wider, more stable appearance. Each side of the ‘tiger-nose’ features a red highlight on ‘GT-Line’ models, or black trim on ‘X-Line’ models, which resemble air intakes.

Both versions of the car now feature redesigned headlights and four-bulb LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the car also features a new LED rear combination lamp design and a slimmer fog light design, creating a more recognisable rear light signature at the same time.

Both ‘GT-Line’ and ‘X-Line’ models feature refreshed front and rear bumper designs with sharper creases in the bodywork for a more contemporary appearance. The changes create a more rugged, robust-looking design for ‘X-Line’ models and, for ‘GT-Line’ models, an appearance that visually links the car to higher-performance ‘GT’ models in Kia’s range. A larger, wider air intake in the lower bumper is accented by the ‘GT-Line’ body-coloured bumpers with gloss black highlights, and jewel-like fog lamps. ‘X-Line’ models echo the appearance of SUV protective skid plates, with metal-effect trim bearing the ‘X-Line’ logo, and a gloss black surround, which extends from the front grille into the wheel arch surrounds at the side of the car.

The upgraded Picanto offers buyers greater a choice with eight vibrant paint finishes designed to make the car stand out. A new aluminium alloy wheel design for grade ‘2’ strengthens the Picanto’s sporty character, and is a 16-spoke, 14-inch design.

The third generation Picanto offers two highly distinctive body styles with the inclusion of crossover-themed ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models alongside conventional five-door city cars.

Size matters when it comes to city cars like the Picanto. Buyers want space, versatility and practicality, but within a compact package that can be threaded through narrow and crowded urban streets and parked in the tightest of hard-to-find spaces.   

Gregory Guillaume, Kia's Head of European Design, describes the new Picanto as "a small car that someone forgot to tell that it is small". 

Exterior

There is a simple elegance about both body styles with the Picanto and a complete absence of fussy extraneous detail, making them more youthful and energetic in appearance. From the front, the conventional city car gives the false impression of being wider and more stable than the previous model thanks to the elongated and slimmer 'tiger-nose' upper grille. This is in black with either silver paint or, from grade ‘2’ upwards, a chrome surround. It stretches outwards to meet the multi-function reflector or bi-function projection headlamp units. LED daytime running lights are standard on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line-S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The lower grille/air intake of all models is larger, and is now widest at its lower edge, in complete contrast to that on the previous model. Upright side grilles now house the front fog lights on grade ‘3’, and they are pushed as far outwards in the muscular bumper as is possible. The Kia badge has been relocated from the grille to just above it, and there are concealed windscreen wipers, which help towards a drag co-efficient, or Cd, of 0.33, reducing wind noise. Air curtains, which channel air away from the wheel arches and wheels, reduce turbulence and improve aerodynamics while adding a more dynamic appearance. The top of the windscreen is castellated, as on several other Kias. The front fog lights are in the main lower grille on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. 

The side window trim is black on ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, with chrome on all other versions. Tinted glass is standard, and privacy glass features on the rear side windows and tailgate of ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. There are aerodynamically honed door mirrors and all models except grade ‘1’ feature alloy wheels.

The chunky appearance of the front bumper is echoed at the rear, and the fog light and reversing light have been pushed as far out to the car's extremities as is possible. C-shaped main light units – LED for ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ – are retained, but are more voluminous, with added detail to give a more high-tech image. As at the front, the overall effect is to exaggerate the car's width and stability. A roof spoiler aids aerodynamics and houses the high-level brake light. Grades ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT Line S’ with the new 8-inch touchscreen have a subtle shark's-fin antenna.

The ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ has a series of rugged design cues with imposing, SUV-style bumpers and silver-coloured skid plates at the front and rear. Unique to the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models, there are black cladding on the side sills and around the wheel arches to enhance the visual effect. There are trim twin exhaust outlets, and the ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have larger sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates, red highlights within the upper grille and side air intakes, along the side sills and in the lower rear bumper, which contains a diffuser section and trim twin exhaust tailpipes.

Interior

Folding rear seats that are split 60:40, are standard across the range, expanding the luggage area to a maximum of 1,010 litres. The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ has a two-level boot floor. ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models come with five seats as standard, with all other editions featuring four seats.

The dashboard, in common with other recent new Kias, is slim and wide to emphasise the cabin's width, and is split along horizontal lines into an upper display area and a lower control area. It is clean, modern and simple, with a satin chrome strip separating the two principal areas.

The quality of the Picanto – perceived and actual – is evident in the fit and finish and the choice of materials. The instruments appear in a 2.6-inch monochrome cluster display on grade ‘1’, while all other versions feature a larger 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display. There is black cloth on grade ‘1’, premium black cloth upholstery on ‘2’ and ‘3’ models, black faux leather with green stitching on ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models and black and red faux leather on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter appears from grade ‘2’ upward and a D-Cut steering wheel is standard on ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ editions. Black door handles appear on grade ‘1’ models, with silver painted items on ‘2’ and ‘3’ versions, while ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models have satin chrome door handles.

Comfort is assured thanks to seats that are based on those in Kia models two or three classes up. Where the seats in many city cars have one-piece backrests with integrated headrests, those in the Picanto feature fully adjustable active headrests. The new seats share the same base materials and construction as those in the Ceed. In the rear, the backrest angle is 27 degrees, with prominent side bolsters, and all of this makes for a more comfortable and relaxing ride on longer journeys.

In-car practicality has not been overlooked, either. There is generous storage space, which includes, at the base of the centre console, an open double-shelf tray to store mobile devices and other small items, with retractable twin cupholders. A central armrest for front passengers, which is standard in grades ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is a first in class and slides fore and aft by up to 55mm. It covers a small storage compartment designed to accommodate a one-litre water bottle or a sunglasses case. The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also has a tray for wireless charging of mobile devices.

‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’

‘X-Line’ is similar in content to the ‘GT-Line’ model, but with unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching, satin chrome door handles, metal pedals with anti-slip inserts and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. It’s new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. 

The ‘X-Line S’ variant adds chrome exterior door handles to differentiate the model visually, as well as the addition of automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel, a wireless mobile phone charger and a smart key with engine start/stop button. There’s a dual height luggage area floor, and both driver and front passenger sunvisors feature a vanity mirror, with illumination on the driver’s side.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also have distinguishing features to emphasise their role as the sportiest models in the range. The most obvious of these from the inside is their black faux leather upholstery with light grey stitching.  There are satin chrome door handles and, for the ‘GT-Line S’, a heated steering wheel and front seats. 

The ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’, along with grade ‘3’ versions, also have a new 8-inch central 'floating' touchscreen, giving access to the navigation, infotainment and connectivity systems, which include integration with Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® Live, DAB radio and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity via apps pre-loaded onto a smartphone.

          DYNAMICS

The new Picanto, like its predecessor, is based upon a suspension system, which features independent MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, with column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

Kia engineers haven’t messed with the winning formula of sharp handling responses and comfortable ride of the previous Picanto, as this provides great stability and quick steering reactions – something that is especially helpful in confined city streets and when parking.

When the all-new Picanto was launched three years ago, the MacPherson strut front suspension had revised geometry, which reduced friction, to ensure that the forces from the wheels are now more in line with the dampers. The anti-roll bar was two per cent stiffer and mounted slightly lower, while at the rear it was made five per cent stiffer. This reduced the angle of cornering roll by up to one degree which, along with the shorter front overhang, improved steering responsiveness.

The slightly more rearward weight bias reduced the pitch centre of the car and nosedive when braking, improving ride comfort without the need for firmer spring and damper settings. The extended wheelbase also added to ride comfort.

The changes implemented three years ago have been carried over to the new Picanto, meaning that the rear torsion beam is U-shaped and featured new trailing arms to reduce unsprung weight on the rear axle, with no loss of component rigidity. As at the front, the measures were designed to reduce friction and maximise damping.

Other alterations back then included a steering rack for the MDPS system that was mounted lower and is 13 per cent quicker, requiring just 2.8 turns between the extremes of lock instead of the previous 3.4. Along with the shorter front overhang, this considerably improves the responsiveness and agility in tight manoeuvres and when parking. The Picanto has a tight turning circle of just 9.4 metres.

Wheels of 14-, 15- or 16-inches in diameter (steel on grade ‘1’ models; alloy on all others) are fitted, with 175/65 R14, 185/55 R15 or 195/45 R16 tyres. All models have a tyre repair kit in place of a spare wheel.   

          ENGINES

The upgraded Picanto is available with two new ‘Smartstream’ petrol engines, each maximising efficiency and lowering CO2 emissions compared to their predecessors. The engine line-up features a 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine producing 99bhp, or a 1.0-litre DPI (Dual-Port Fuel injection) engine producing 66bhp.

The most powerful engine ever to appear in a Picanto takes pride of place in the third-generation model. It is a 99bhp version of Kia's in-house 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) unit and was new during 2018. The T-GDi power unit is offered alongside a new 1.0-litre ‘Smartstream’ petrol engine. As with the vast majority of city cars, there is no diesel engine because any savings in running costs would not be sufficient to compensate for the higher purchase price.

A major re-engineering programme has reduced the fuel consumption and emissions of the Smartstream engine, which is capable of 58.9mpg and 110g/km. Five-speed manual gearboxes are standard on all of the engine choices, with a five speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) available on all grades, except ‘1’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

1.0 T-GDi powerplant cuts a dash

Among other innovations, the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine features a more efficient 350 bar high-pressure fuel injection system, and it fits in perfectly with Kia's downsizing strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque from only three cylinders and a cubic capacity of just 998cc, thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure (up to 200 bar) injection system, resulting in highly efficient combustion. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

The key targets were instantaneous response, high combustion efficiency and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. The 1.0-litre 12-valve T-GDi engine develops 99bhp at 4,500rpm and 171Nm of torque continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm, and features a number of innovative technical solutions. There are laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread evenly throughout the cylinders. A straight air intake port ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system, which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing, reducing weight and lowering exhaust gas temperatures. Lower temperatures result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre line to aid smoothness. As a result of these detailed engineering measures the T-GDi engine exhibits minimal throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost. The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The T-GDi engine accelerates the Picanto from standstill to 60mph in 9.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 112mph.

New ‘Smartstream’ engine innovations increase efficiency

The new engines are equipped with a new Integrated Thermal Management System (ITMS), which provides more effective combustion chamber cooling. ITMS varies engine cooling characteristics based on the engine’s operating point.

The naturally aspirated engine replaces multi-point injection with new dual-port fuel injection technology, with optimised injection timing for maximum fuel efficiency. It features improved exhaust gas recirculation lines and optimised intake valve timing, for maximum fuel efficiency improvements.

The 1.0-litre 12-valve unit develops 66bhp at a reduced 5,500rpm and 96Nm of torque at 3,750rpm, giving the car a 100mph top speed and sprightly 0-60mph acceleration in 14.1 seconds with immediate responses that befit a primarily urban car. Of equal interest to budget-conscious buyers is its excellent combined economy capable of up to 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions from 110g/km. The spread of torque, acceleration and highway performance have all improved compared with the previous Picanto.

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)

All versions of the Picanto are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic. As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear stick into neutral and releases the clutch pedal. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the pedal is partially engaged, and this feature means the car is not using fuel and no emissions are released when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch next to the gear stick.

Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

The updated Picanto is the first model equipped with Kia’s new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The AMT is based around a five-speed manual transmission with clutch and gearshift actuators to automate clutch operation and gearshifts. Using a single dry clutch, the AMT is a cost-effective option for customers who favour the convenience and ease-of-use of an automatic transmission, without sacrificing the fuel efficiency of a conventional manual transmission.

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

Picanto ‘1’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

58.9

110

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

58.9

110

Picanto ‘2’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

54.3

118

Picanto ‘3’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

57.6

112

Picanto ‘3’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

53.3

119

Picanto ‘X-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

52.3

122

Picanto ‘X-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

123

Picanto ‘X-Line S’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

52.3

122

Picanto ‘X-Line S’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

123

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual ISG

66

96

14.1

100

55.4

115

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed AMT ISG

66

96

16.6

99

52.3

122

Picanto ‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

9.9

112

TBC

TBC

Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.0 T-GDi 99bhp 5-speed manual ISG

99

171

9.9

112

TBC

TBC

 

          TECHNOLOGY

Available on grade ‘3’, ‘X-Line S’ and ‘GT-Line S’, Kia Connected Services with TomTom™ Live are accessed through a new 8-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.

Android Auto™ is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay™ is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset and is standard on grade ‘3’ upwards. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts. Android Auto gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.

UVO Connect’s Phase II features provide customers with several new benefits, such as more accurate journey times, ‘last-mile’ navigation assistance, and a range of features to enhance connectivity and usability. These can be accessed through an enhanced UVO smartphone app or via vehicles’ on-board infotainment systems.

One of the most useful Phase II features to be offered in UVO Connect-equipped vehicles is ‘Online Navigation’. This service draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to predict traffic levels more accurately, giving customers a more accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival. This differs from traffic prediction tools found in conventional navigation systems, which only rely on in-car route planning and real-time traffic information to estimate journey times.

Kia’s new ‘Last Mile Navigation’ feature will help customers continue navigating to their final destination, even after they have parked up and left their car behind. This offers Kia customers the ideal solution for navigation in towns and cities where parking hubs are often some distance away from shops, cafés and restaurants.

Once the vehicle’s ignition has been turned off, this new feature sends a push notification to the UVO app on the user’s smartphone if their destination is between 200 metres and 2 kilometres away. The app lets users seamlessly access Google Maps navigation to complete their journey on foot. Alternatively, users can engage an augmented reality function, ‘AR Guidance’, which opens the smartphone’s camera and blends the image with AR turn-by-turn directional arrows.

Customers can also use a new ‘User Profile Transfer’ feature on the UVO app. This enables them to check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences, at a time and place convenient for them. When the ignition is turned on, customers are automatically greeted with their preferred settings, saving time and making each journey more enjoyable.

It also lets Kia owners back-up their in-vehicle UVO preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next. This system will benefit customers who regularly switch between different UVO Connect-equipped Kia cars, for instance, fleet drivers who use pool cars, or families with more than one UVO Connect-equipped Kia in their household.

 

          SAFETY

The updated Picanto is equipped with Torque Vectoring By Braking, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Straight-line Stability (SLS) systems as standard, helping drivers maintain control under braking and cornering. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), work together to stabilise the car on slippery road surfaces or when simultaneously cornering and braking. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models. All versions also have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines. From grade ‘2’ and above, the Picanto’s includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) city.

The latest Picanto is fitted with seven airbags throughout the cabin, including a driver’s knee airbag. There are pre-tensioners and load limiters front and rear to brace occupants in their seats in extreme braking, and to prevent injury to chests. A visual and audible seat belt reminder warning is fitted, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.

The Picanto is equipped with an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights to alert the car behind if the driver has to brake suddenly. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) holds the car on the brake to ensure the car moves away smoothly from a hill start.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph, the Picanto will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions, and minimising the consequences of others. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically. At up to 107mph, partial Forward Collision Avoidance Assist comes into play to reduce the severity of, or completely prevent, collisions.   

The ultra-stiff body shell of the Picanto, composed of 44 per cent advanced high-strength steels, has beneficial effects beyond handling and comfort. It provides a greater barrier against injury in the event of an accident. It ensures that all variants of the new Picanto are the safest small car Kia has ever produced.

The chassis has carefully designed longitudinal and lateral load paths and greater torsional and bending rigidity than the previous model. Structural improvements include the application of almost nine times more adhesives (now 67 metres) to bond the body together. Advanced high-strength steels reinforce all major chassis parts. The new, stronger steel has been used to strengthen the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A- and B-pillars, creating a rigid core structure.

 

        SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

There are 13 versions of the Picanto available in the UK, based on two engines, two transmissions and seven trim lines, with grades of ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘X-Line S’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The Picanto may be the entry-level model to the world of Kia, but that does not mean it is a poor relation. Depending on model, it offers many of the luxuries found in larger Kias and is available with the latest connectivity features and advanced driver assistance systems. In addition, for the first time, there are crossover-themed ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ and sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.  

Even the entry-level grade ‘1’ model features electric front windows, remote locking with a folding key, tinted windows, USB ports, a tilt-adjustable steering column, automatic headlight control, 3.8-inch monochrome audio display with RDS and DAB, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), Torque Vectoring Brake Based and Straight Line Stability (SLS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 60:40 split folding rear seats and seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Options include metallic paint and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) City with a 4.2-inch monochrome supervision cluster as part of the optional Advanced Driving Assistance package. A four-seat version paired with the 1.0 DPi engine and manual transmission is available.

From grade ‘2’, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) , air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth® with music streaming and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift are standard. There is a four-speaker rather than a two-speaker audio system, high-gloss lower centre fascia trim, door armrests and air vents, with body-coloured door handles and side mirror housings, a chromed grille surround and 14-inch alloy wheels in place of steel rims. In addition, a 4.2-inch supervision monochrome cluster display makes an appearance on the standard equipment list. A four-seat version paired with the 1.0 DPi engine and a choice of manual or Automated Manual Transmissions are available.

Grade ‘3’ adds, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, a floor-mounted sliding centre armrest, automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a new 8-inch 'floating' central display unit with satellite navigation and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, Bluetooth® with music streaming, a DAB radio as part of a six-speaker audio system, a rear parking camera and sensors and chromed exterior door handles.

The ‘X-Line’ is equipped 16-inch rather than 15-inch alloy wheels, unique black faux leather upholstery with green stitching, a D-cut steering wheel, satin chrome door handles, metal pedals with anti-slip inserts and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. ‘X-Line’ has body-coloured rather than chrome exterior door handles, silver skid plates beneath the bumpers, trim twin exhaust outlets, black side mouldings, chrome side window trim, projection rather than multi-focus headlights and LED daytime running lights and rear lights and a LED rear fog light. The lower centre console trim, air vents and door armrests are unique for ‘X-Line’ and ‘X-Line S’ models with silver and green accents. The new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™.

The ‘X-Line S’ variant adds chrome exterior door handles to differentiate the model visually from the ‘X-Line’, as well as the addition of automatic air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, heated front seats and steering wheel and a smart key with engine start/stop button. There’s a dual height luggage area floor, and both driver and front passenger sunvisors feature a vanity mirror, with illumination on the driver’s side. A wireless mobile phone charger is included, along with a new 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with RDS and DAB radio and Kia Connected Services.

The ‘GT-Line’ model also has 16-inch alloy wheels plus sports front and rear bumpers with gloss black skid plates, a trim twin exhaust, black and red faux leather seats, matching black and red accents to the front armrests, a D-cut steering wheel, electric folding mirrors with LED indicators, satin chrome interior door handles, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate, bi-function projection headlamp units, LED daytime running lamps, rear lights and rear fog light, and a chrome beltline strip. The new 8-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS and is compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and rear parking camera and sensors complete the comprehensive equipment list on the ‘GT-Line’ grade

To this, ‘GT-Line S’ adds a wireless phone charger,  heated front seats and steering wheel, a smart key and push-button engine start/stop, a dual-height boot floor, a luggage net and hooks and a driver's-side illuminated vanity mirror. In addition, a new 8-inch central display unit with satellite navigation and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live is standard equipment.

Advanced driver aids

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) is standard from grade ‘2’ and optional on grade ‘1’, along with the 4.2-inch supervision cluster, as part of the Advanced Driving Assistance package. Using a combination of camera and radar, it provides full braking between 5mph and 50mph and partial braking with a driver alert at up to 107mph. As a result, many potential collisions – with both vehicles and pedestrians – can be avoided, while the severity of others may be considerably reduced.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Picanto is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

     FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

 

Q.How important is the Picanto in the UK?

            The Picanto is hugely important to the success of Kia in the UK and is our second best-selling model, behind the Sportage SUV. In 2019, almost 18,000 examples of the Picanto were registered in the UK, which was up by more than 6 per cent on the previous year. The smallest model in Kia’s line-up continues to grow, and this is due to the success of this third-generation car.

 

Q. What sales targets have you set for the Picanto for the UK market?

            We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Picanto to continue to do well in the UK market.

 

Q. How challenging has 2020 been?

When the Coronavirus hit in March, it had a devastating effect on the sale of new and used cars, particularly as it is traditionally the biggest month of the year thanks to the registration plate change. As a result, the UK market was down by 44.4 per cent in March compared to 2019, although Kia fared somewhat better, with new car registrations lower by 29 per cent.

With car showrooms closed throughout the mandated lockdown period and only allowed to reopen from June, our retailers have been playing catch up ever since. I am extremely proud of the dealer network we have, and as a result of their hard work, we have had a record-breaking August, with an all-time high of 4,179 new car deliveries. That’s the highest number of cars delivered during an August month, ever. Kia’s sales were up by 21 per cent compared to August 2019 and it is a strong comeback following the COVID-19 lockdown.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, and it is expected that the rest of the year will prove to be tough, with uncertainty in the jobs market and an end to the Government’s support schemes for businesses. We enter this period with one of the strongest model ranges ever, with the new Sorento set to wow customers with its premium cabin and excellent road manners. Joining the Sorento in showrooms this autumn are refreshed versions of Kia’s small car ranges, the Picanto, Rio and Stonic. They all feature brand new ‘SmartStream’ engines and mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology features for the first time in the Rio and Stonic ranges. In addition, Kia’s phase II UVO Connect infotainment system is being rolled out right the way across the model line-up.

Looking at other challenges of 2020, even before the pandemic hit it was already going to be a hugely challenging year for UK businesses, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the UK’s split from Europe. With a significant number of our most popular cars built within the European Union – Ceed family and Sportage – it has been necessary to plan for the worst scenario possible as we edge towards 2021.

And if those challenges weren’t enough, tougher emissions regulations also came into force in 2020, with new, even more stringent standards that means that every car maker must achieve a CO2 average of 95g/km across their product range. Failure to do so will mean significant fines, and so the primacy focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km, across the line-up. This may become even tougher in 2021 when the UK is separate and is no longer part of the European figures.

 

Q. Which vehicles are striking a chord with UK buyers currently?

For many people, the Coronavirus lockdown was a time to reflect on their lives, with many aspects of daily routine examined. The sale of alternatively fuelled vehicles has accelerated over the past few months, and in particular the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) segment has risen from 1.4 per cent at the turn of the year to 4.7 per cent in August. While those are still small figures, it shows there is a growing appetite for zero and ultra-low emission cars.

And that’s an area that Kia is investing strongly in and I’m proud to say that our Niro SUV was the most popular alternatively fuelled vehicle in August 2020, outselling the second placed car by almost two-to-one. 1,417 examples of the pure electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle were delivered to UK customers. In the past we have faced significant supply restrictions of e-Niro, but this is now improving, and our customers have been happy to wait.

During 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The Sorento PHEV will make that four when it arrives early next year. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

 

Q. What elements of the Picanto make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?

            The Picanto family is an important part of our model range, and this success is now doubt down to the wide range of versions that we offer here in the UK. The ‘X-Line’ models deliver a great package for those attracted to SUV-influenced styling, wrapped up in a compact footprint, while the ‘GT-Line’ offer sporty looks and sparkling performance. The city car segment is hugely competitive, and the Picanto is the fourth best-seller in the category.  

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

 

Q. Which engines are the best sellers in the Picanto line-up?

The 1.0-litre 66bhp engine is the most popular powerplant in the Picanto, and that’s no doubt down to the fact that it is offered on all but the Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ grade. The 1.0 T-GDi unit, the most powerful ever in a Picanto, and sold exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ equipment levels, accounts for more than seven per cent of all sales.

 

Q. What is the most popular trim level?

            Grade ‘2’ is the best-selling equipment level, with a quarter of all buyers opting for it in 2019, while 33 per cent of customers choose either the ‘X-Line’ or ‘GT-Line’ family of models.

 

Q. Why isn’t there a three-door Picanto?

Demand for traditional three-door hatchbacks is decreasing – there are no plans to introduce a three-door Picanto to the range. In previous generations of Picanto, the three-door made up only a very small proportion of total Picanto sales, with buyers favouring the more practical five-door hatchback bodystyle.

 

Q. Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the Picanto?

We are evaluating electrified powertrains for all of our future products, but so far we have not made any announcements about electrification plans for the Picanto in its current generation.

 

Q. Are there any plans for a more powerful Picanto GT?

The most powerful engine in the Picanto yet, the 1.0 T-GDi, accounts for around seven per cent of all Picanto sales, and that powerplant in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ meets the needs of buyers that desire a sporty city car. We don’t believe that there would be sufficient demand for a hotter Picanto at this time.

 

Q         Why isn’t the Picanto offered with a diesel engine?

            The market for a diesel engine in a city car is extremely tiny, and we are therefore concentrating on petrol powerplants that suit the majority of buyers. And with a combined fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg, we believe that the 1.0-litre Picanto engine already delivers figures that would appeal to cost-conscious buyers looking to maximise fuel economy.

 

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson
Director of Corporate Communications

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Head of Press and PR

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Public Relations Manager (Brand & Dealer PR)

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