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Kia's Picanto gets a new frock

2014-09-09 11:36

PERKY PICANTO! Kia has given its Picanto a mild 'refresher' three years into its life cycle. Image: Kia

JOHANNESBURG - The second-generation Kia Picanto has received an exterior upgrade, specifically to its grille and front bumper, with two-model line-up remaining unchanged.

The new 'tiger's nose grille' is slightly larger and features a silver bezel. The 'tiger nose' on the range-topping EX also features a red border.

The new bumper incorporates a smaller kidney grille separated from the lower air intake, which is now narrower and positioned lower. The fog lights are now larger.

The one-litre LX has 14" steel rims, the 1.2 EX has 14" alloys.

SMALL-CAPACITY ENGINES

The Picanto still uses the three-cylinder 998cc unit producing 51kW/94Nm in the LX. A four-cylinder 1248cc engine does duty in the EX, producing 65kW/120Nm. Each drives through a five-speed manual transmission (four-speed auto an option).

Features available on each model include manual aircon, an under-floor storage box, retractable  cupholders and sun visors, each with a vanity mirror, as well as aux/iPod/USB connections for the radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility (the EX has audio controls and Bluetooth buttons on its steering-wheel.

PACKED WITH FEATURES

Each car also has driver and passenger airbags. Anti-lock brakes come with the EX, as does an emergency stop signal system under hard braking. Both have IsoFix child-seat anchors.

PRICES
Picanto 1.0 LX - R130 995
Picanto 1.0 LX a/t - R142 995
Picanto 1.2 EX - R140 995
Picanto 1.2 EX a/t - R152 995

The cars will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km warranty. A two-year or 45 000km service plan is an extra-cost option.

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