MORE VALUE: Kia hopes the addition of a 1.2 LS model to its Picanto range will bolster the small car's value-for-money proposition. Image: MotorPress
Johannesburg - Following the introduction of the Kia Picanto 1.0 LS in October 2015, Kia Motors South Africa has expanded its Picanto offering with a 1.2-litre LS model to fill the gap between the 1.0 LS and 1.0 LX models.
Gary Scott, director of sales for Kia Motors South Africa, says: “The need for reliability still sees many value-seeking consumers opting for a smaller new car rather than a bigger pre-owned car.
"In this climate, where affordability continues to drive the trend of downsizing, it makes sense for Kia to expand its Picanto line-up to offer our customers even more choice in the hotly contested A-segment."
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Scott continued: “Since its introduction in October last year, the Picanto LS has become the best-selling model in the Picanto line-up, offering customers access to a globally renowned vehicle without having to sacrifice on award-winning design or exceptional quality.
“We are confident that the new 1.2-litre LS model will follow in its sibling’s footsteps," Scott concluded.
Small package, big impact
Positioned just above the entry-level Picanto 1.0 LS, the new 1.2 LS is identical to its 1.0 LS sibling. There are front and rear colour-coded bumpers, door handles, side mirrors, and 14" steel wheels.
Inside there's air-conditioning, tilt-adjustable steering, a trip computer, height adjustable head rests, 60:40 split rear folding seats and a convenient luggage floor box.
While the Picanto LS is not fitted with a standard radio, two front speakers and an Aux/USB connection is included and wired to work with an aftermarket radio unit.
Gallery: Kia Picanto LS
Bit of oomph
The new Picanto 1.2 LS shares its powertrain and five-speed manual transmission with the EX. The four-cylinder, 1.2-litre engine is good for 65kW/120Nm. The car also features a Shift Indicator Light (manual transmission models), and is available with an optional automatic transmission (not available on 1.0 LS models).
All models come standard with Kia’s class-leading new five-year or Unlimited km warranty and five-year or unlimited km roadside assistance.
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Kia says the Picanto range is available in ten exciting colours and comprises the following derivatives:
• Kia Picanto 1.0 LS Manual - R129 995
• Kia Picanto 1.2 LS Manual - R139 995
• Kia Picanto 1.2 LS Automatic - R152 995
• Kia Picanto 1.0 LX Manual - R159 995
• Kia Picanto 1.0 LX Automatic - R172 995
• Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Manual - R178 995
• Kia Picanto 1.2 EX Automatic - R191 995
A two-year or 45 000km service plan is available across the range at an additional cost, while 1.2 EX models can be specified with an optional sunroof (R7500).