Kia reveals new 3-door Picanto


3-door Kia Picanto

Kia Motors is making company history in Europe by introducing the three-door version of the Picanto, which is scheduled to go on sale in September.

According to the Korean carmaker, the three-door Picanto and its five-door brother "are identical to ensure they enjoy the same levels of interior space and crash safety." Kia said, however, that the company's design team made sure the three-door gets its own distinct characteristics.

Here are some of the differences between the five- and three-door Picanto:

The changes are most obvious in profile, where new doors, rear panels and glass aft of the A-pillar give the three-door Picanto a fresh, dynamic appearance, accentuated by the rising belt line that slices through the door handle on each side, and the aerodynamically shaped side sill mouldings. Unique alloy wheels on the upper two trim versions are other distinguishing features of the three-door Picanto.

At the front and rear the three-door Picanto reveals its own personality, too. The main grille opening is larger than that on the five-door and is available with silver or red trim surrounds. The front bumper has been re-profiled to make the car appear wider and lower. It contains a slim, full-width lower grille, housing large black-bezelled foglamps with the two upper trim grades.

The rear bumper has a rectangular black central section in place of body colour, a relatively simple measure that makes the three-door Picanto instantly appear sportier. The finishing touch is created by exposed twin chromed exhaust outlets in place of the hidden single tailpipe of the five-door car.

Being the sportier version of the Picanto lineup, the three-door city car has its own color schemes and trim structure. The Picanto 1 and Picanto 1 Air (with air-conditioning system) come in an all-black ensemble, while the Picanto Halo comes with a premium black and grey interior trim. The top-of-the-line variant, the Picanto Equinox, has a premium 'Chilli' red finish. The variants also differ in the features offered by each car.

The new three-door Picanto is powered by Kia's brand-new 1.0- and 1.25-liter Kappa family gasoline engines. The 1.0-liter powerplant delivers 68hp and 95Nm of torque, while the 1.25-liter engine offers 84hp and 121Nm of torque.

Kia is optimistic about the new three-door Picanto's sales in the market, with the global forecast for the city car pegged at around 2.4 million by 2014 and 3.3 million by 2015. With the rising costs of owning a car, as much as a million of the projected buyers are expected to get the three-door variant. Do you think the Philippine market will make a dent in Picanto sales if and when Columbian Autocar Corporation, the official distributor of Kia vehicles here, decides to bring in the three-door Picanto?

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  • redcat Aug 15 2011 @ 09:41pm
    kia I.Q
  • aargh Aug 15 2011 @ 10:25pm
    Still waiting for the Kia Rio...
  • aeronTGco Aug 15 2011 @ 10:27pm
    i believe they will bring it here. i wonder why our country doesn't receive much of the 3 door version of the cars, like the civic, accord, etc. only those premium brands have the coupes
  • one.edchelle Aug 16 2011 @ 08:53am
    this one is sick!! hehe i like it.
  • Lee17 Aug 16 2011 @ 10:21am
    I think I'm in love.....
  • seanski Aug 16 2011 @ 11:51am
    Err... Please clarify the statement on the last paragraph, please. Particularly the part where "...pegged at around 2.4 million by 2014 and 3.3 million by 2014."
  • reneski Aug 16 2011 @ 12:12pm
    Always been a Kia fan. Nice one Kia for this wild Picanto. I hope it will land on our shore.
  • vinci24 Aug 16 2011 @ 12:22pm
    "with the global forecast for the city car pegged at around 2.4 million by 2014 and 3.3 million by 2014."

    not necessarily for kia picanto po!
  • vinci24 Aug 16 2011 @ 12:24pm
    ay mali...yung 2014 pala ang sinasabi dito. oo nga bat parehong 2014?
  • jbits Aug 16 2011 @ 12:36pm
    sexy.... :)
  • art Aug 16 2011 @ 01:00pm
  • MerryWarner Aug 16 2011 @ 01:23pm
    Ganda :)
  • bayen Aug 16 2011 @ 03:22pm
    its kinda cute. priced correctly and this would be a hit
  • bananatype Aug 16 2011 @ 03:39pm
    ...4-wheel disks, projector headlamps, dual-pipe exhaust, leather-clad wheel, red leather seats, auto climate control, integrated audio unit, steering wheel audio controls, stickshift,...This has car has greatness written all over it, puh-leeeeeeez tell me it'll be affordable!
  • Raynand C. Olarte Aug 16 2011 @ 10:55pm
  • Feeter Silverster Aug 17 2011 @ 08:05am
    Ito dapat ang next car sa star in a reasonably-priced car...
  • RaffyDavid Aug 17 2011 @ 10:18am
    looks smashing in this exact color scheme.
  • RaffyDavid Aug 17 2011 @ 10:19am
    looks smashing in this exact color scheme
  • warak1422 Aug 17 2011 @ 03:27pm
  • lomo13 Aug 18 2011 @ 06:26pm
    99% chance of this car not landing here.
    some st*p*d law requires cars with 2 or 3 doors to be tagged as luxury, hence the silly taxes.
  • toyotadude Aug 18 2011 @ 06:40pm
    why do other markets get LEDtaillights while we dont?
  • raulylanan Aug 19 2011 @ 08:57am
    They should offer a 3-door here. But position it as a sporty alternative: red accents, black trim, aggressive-looking alloy wheels, etc. Let the 5-door remain the entry level variant.
  • Landcraft Aug 25 2011 @ 05:36pm
    Hmmm new hot hatch...
  • princess Aug 29 2011 @ 11:56am
    i would rather buy this than a base 1.3 vios
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