Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited Managing Director Mahen Thambiah handing over the keys to the first Picantio customer Tisakya Senanayake – daughter of Rosy Senanayake who is presently the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office
Pic by Damith Wickramasinghe
By Supun Dias
Korean carmaker Kia unveiled its third generation 2017 Picanto in Colombo yesterday at the main showroom of its authorized distributor in Sri Lanka; Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited, emphatically shattering the ennui in Sri Lanka’s urban city car segment.
With its 2016 predecessor already enjoying the best-in-class tag in the market, the all-new, youthful and energetic Kia Picanto will also dispel preconceived notions about the ‘A’ segment cars with exciting new hi-tech features, more space and enhanced handling and safety.
“The Picanto has in the past been described as a small car all grown up and this new model takes the concept even further, literally, as well as in terms of design, performance and sophistication whilst providing a drive that will please the young at heart and the motoring aficionado alike,” said Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited Managing Director Mahen Thambiah.
“We believe that the third generation Picantion will be a tough competitor in the 1000cc market in Sri Lanka. Our state-of-the-art after sales facilities are ready to be opened for our customers. Since our entry into the market we have delivered the best products from Kia with the best after sales/customer service that one can expect from any agent,” he added.
Picantio is available in six new colours namely; Lime Light, Shiny Red, Aurora Black, Pop Orange, Sparkling Silver and Celestial Blue in pearlescent metallic paint finishes. The Picanto is fitted with 14-inch steel wheels in its basic form but the customers can select one of four aluminium alloy wheel designs, ranging from 14-inch to 16-inch in diameter.
The new Picanto is powered by a highly efficient 1.0–litre MPI engine at entry point. Upgrades to the engine include a new exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a new cooling system with shut-off valve, reducing the time it takes the engine to warm up from a cold start.
One unique feature is the dashboard layout which is more centrally aligned, with a large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touch screen human-machine interface (HMI) sitting at the heart of the centre console and moving many of the car’s controls further up into the driver’s line of sight.
The boot of the new model grows from 200 litres to a maximum 255 litres – the most of any car in the class. In the sphere of safety, the new Picanto’s body shell is cast in Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) improving tensile strength by 12 percent.
The new, stronger steel has been used to reinforce the floor pan, roof rails and engine bay, as well as the A and B pillars, strengthening the core structure of the car. The car is also equipped twin airbags and anti-lock brake system (ABS). As with all Kia Picantos from the 2016 model onwards, the new Picanto is backed by a warranty of five years/150,000 km, whichever occurs first. It is priced from Rs.2.99 million, inclusive of taxes. Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited, has represented the Kia brand in Sri Lanka since 1996.