The 2018 Kia Picanto hatchback is to get more power with the addition of a new 1.0 liter turbocharged engine. Following the arrival of the third generation Picanto last year, the range is now complete with the debut of the flagship 1.0 T-GDi engine. The new powerplant develops 99bhp and 171Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Picanto ever. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.8 seconds only.
The latest engine will be available with the Picanto ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ trim levels and will add some substance to the car’s sporty looks.
Larger sports bumpers and red highlights within the upper grille, side air intakes and side sills deliver a sporting edge, with the dynamic look completed by a rear diffuser, twin exhaust tailpipes and 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/45 R16 tires.
Bi-function projection headlights deliver a racier look, alongside LED daytime running lights at the front and LED lamps at the rear.
Inside, the sporty appearance continues with black and red faux leather upholstery, stainless-steel pedals and satin chrome interior door handles.
‘GT-Line S’ models also feature an electric sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, a smart key with engine start/stop button and cruise control with speed limiter, while satellite navigation & Kia Connected Services with wireless mobile phone charger are also standard.
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