Kia Motors motors showcases the Picanto Hatchback at the 14th edition of the Auto Expo that is being held at the India Expo Mart, Noida. The Picanto hatchback is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Grand i10 and the third-generation Kia Picanto will debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. It will lock its horns with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Tiago, Hyundai Grand i10, Honda Brio and Ford Figo.
The new Picanto has been designed at the Kia's design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany. It gets a sporty and premium design and can be seen with the bolder treatment of the front profile. The front face gets a 'tiger-nose' grille and angular wraparound headlamps housing with projector headlamps and LED indicators along with LED DRLs. It comes with an overall length of 3,595mm and a width of 1,595mm. However, these figures do not reveal the ingenuity that has gone into the new car's packaging to improve passenger and luggage space.
The front bumper has gone through a major style revision and also comes with repositioned fog lamps. The overall silhouette of the Picanto has been retained in the new model as well, although the wheelbase has been increased by 15mm. The length, however, remains unchanged at 3,595mm. This translates into a better cabin space. The hatchback gets a wider C-pillar compared to the previous iteration while the rear gets redesigned lights with LEDs. Inside, the car sense of more premium material and an upmarket design.
In the U.K., the Kia Picanto is offered with an option of three engines - a 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated multi-point injection (MPI) engines and a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol motor, which is the highlights out of all and cranks out 99bhp of top power with 172Nm of peak torque. All the engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Though, in India, we can expect it to borrow the engine from its sibling, the Hyundai Grand i10 - a 1.2-litre VTVT engine with 83 bhp and a 1.2-litre U2 CRDi diesel unit with 74 bhp.
The new-generation Picanto can be an interesting product in the country as its premium design and features will make it unique. The entry-level market has major players in the form of the Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Renault. The real challenge for Kia Motors in India is to maintain their premium quality and, at the same time, price their products competitively against the competition.