This Auto Expo 2018 has been quite exciting for many reasons. One of them is the entry of a brand new player into the Indian automotive scene: Kia Motors from South Korea. And headlining the automaker’s entry into India is the Picanto. According to reports, Kia may be setting up its first factory in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. And apart from the Picanto, the Sorento, Cerato, Optima, Niro, Rio and Sportage will also be coming to India. (LIVE updates on Auto Expo 2018)
On the outside, the Picanto looks rather smart in keeping with its premium positioning. There is a hexagonal grille at the front with chrome and glossy black elements. On either side are the swept-back headlights. The hood is elegant, and the front fog lights have been placed in separate dams. Overall, the Picanto has a sporty appearance, complemented by the curvy wheel arches and the alloy wheel design and the ORVM-mounted turn indicator lights. At the rear are wraparound taillights and LED turn indicator inserts. As for dimensions: the Kia Picanto measures 3595 mm in length, 1485 mm in height and 1595 mm in width, with a wheelbase of 2400 mm.
Inside, the Kia Picanto features an all new look thanks to the arrival of the third generation. The dashboard design is entirely new, but that is no matter since the entire model is coming for the first time to India. The Picanto sports leather upholstery on the dash and on the seats. The faux leather upholstery is expected to come in five colors: lime, red, blue, brown and high gloss black. There is decent legroom and headroom to go around as far as we could check. Up front is a multifunctional steering wheel, and at the back is a boot with a rated space of 255 liters.
Other creature comforts include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity and a navigation system, a rear parking camera system and a high-resolution display on the instrument cluster. Kia will be pegged as a premium version of Hyundai. As such, expect Kia models to share quite a bit with the Hyundai stable. The Picanto, for instance, has the same platform as the Grand i10. It may be launched with petrol and diesel engines, possibly with the same units as the Grand i10 and paired to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual transmission.