Kia Picanto to re-launch the 3-door version to their linup for the first time since its launch in 2004. The three-door Kia Picanto comes with a new range of trim levels, and have been sold in the UK on 1 September.
The 2012 Kia Picanto 3-door has a very unique character, with a sporty design that looks stylish and has been upgraded to be more focused on a strong performance with fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, the safety and luxury features of a large car without an outrageous price tag, and practicality within a compact package. If the five-door Picanto is ‘the small car, grown up’, then the 3-door is the same but with a twinkle in its eye.
Globally, the market for Picanto-sized cars in 2014 will be around 2.4 million. By 2015 – well within the second-generation Picanto’s life cycle – that will have grown to 3.3 million. Around a million of these will be 3-door cars. Without a 3-door model, Kia would have nothing to offer 30% of buyers in one of the most dynamic sectors of the market.
In the UK, the importance of the 3-door car is even more pronounced: the sales split between body styles in the A-segment is a slender 55:45 in favour of five-door models.
The three-door Kia Picanto is a practical small car with five seats and a large boat in an overall length of less than 3.6 meters, like the hatchback. And while his primary task would be as a family runabout, Kia has done everything for easy access to the rear for those situations where owners would want to give a lift to friends or relatives. Sliding and tilting front seats offer a large walk-in ‘to the split rear seat.
The three-door Kia Picanto has its own color schemes and trim structure that her role as the sporty model in the series display. The basic model – badged a Picanto or with air conditioning, Air Picanto – comes with all black trim. Moreover, the models are called Halo and Equinox instead of 2 and 3. Halo premium black and gray interior, while the Equinox is finished in red premium Chilli.
Depending on the engine and trim combinations, there is a choice of four paintwork and alloy wheels are standard on all but ’1 ‘and ’1 Air’ quality cars.
The three-door Kia Picanto offers a brand new 1.0-and 1.25-liter gasoline Kappa family that fuel consumption 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. The larger engine is available with Kia EcoDynamics fuel-saving technology – a Stop & Go Intelligent engine stop / start system – or alternatively, with automatic transmission.
The three cylinder 1.0-liter unit developing 68bhp and 95Nm of torque. The 1.25-liter four-cylinder engine is offered in three forms, all developing countries 84bhp and 121Nm torque. In standard form averages 60.1mpg. With a four-speed automatic transmission fuel economy is an impressive 53.3mpg. Finally, the version with fuel consumption 65.7mpg EcoDynamics.
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