Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Kia Philippines Updates Picanto for 2015
Columbian Autocar Corporation, Kia’s distributor in the Philippines, is bringing its A-game to the A-segment by updating the Picanto hatchback with an upgraded exterior/interior, revamped audio system, and improved performance.
Kia boasts that its Picanto remains the most stylish car in its class and they maintain this by giving it a new wider grille and flared bumpers. The front fog lamps now have a clear lens giving it better illumination and light distribution. At the back, it gets a new black diffuser-effect panel integrated into the rear bumper. And now, buyers can opt to upgrade to 14-inch alloy wheels straight off the factory.
Inside, the instrument panel gets a larger LCD display while chrome surrounds the binnacle, dashboard air vents, and gear lever base. A new high-gloss piano black trim is applied to the transmission panel and gear lever itself. A new cloth upholstery aims to boost its appeal to the younger market.
The audio system in the Picanto has also been upgraded allowing it to get better radio reception while a larger LCD screen makes track names and station IDs easier to read.
Finally, engineers have enhanced the Picanto’s on-road performance by giving it larger front brakes (252-mm vs 241-mm) This improves the braking performance by up to two meters. The manual transmission also gets new carbon-coated components for the first and second gears giving it a smoother shift feel. Like before, it’s available in both 1.0-liter (69 horsepower) and 1.2 (87 horsepower) displacements.
The 2015 Kia Picanto retails for P 575,000 for the 1.0 EX M/T and P 650,000 for the 1.2 EX A/T.