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Three-door Kia Picanto Goes Official

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

The Korean automaker Kia has released the other day the first official photos with its upcoming three-door variant of the Picanto which is scheduled to go on sale in the United Kingdom next month. The company says that the new doors along with rear panels give the car a “fresh, dynamic appearance” – I’m not sure about this one but who am I to judge.

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

As far as the updates brought to the exterior styling of the car, we should mention the revised front grille which is now a little bit bigger and upon launch it will be available with red or silver trim surrounds. Other than that, the car packs revised bumpers – the one in the front has a slim, full-width lower grille that houses big black-bezelled foglamps, while the one at the back has a rectangular black-painted section. Another update would have to be the exposed twin-chromed exhaust.

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

The car will be available in four different trim levels: 1 and 1 Air which will be borrowed from hits five-door sibling; Halo and Equniox – a novelty for the Picanto. These two new ones come with automatic LED lights (front and back), red front grille surround, side skirts and Bluetooth support with voice recognition.

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

If you opt for Halo, you get 14-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, heated seats, electronic instrument binnacle, reverse parking sensors and a high-gloss white center fascia, along with a metallic paint, dubbed Lunar Glow, for the outside. The high-end Kia Picanto Equinox is offered with the company’s “Chilli” red interior as well as a glossy black fascia and gearknob.  Other than that, it rides on bigger 15-inch alloys that have a telephone-dial style and the car comes with a Galaxy Black metallic paint. Aside from these goodies, the Equinox also comes with a smart key with starter button and automatic air conditioning.

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

Regarding the engines available for the three-door Picanto, customers will be able to choose from either a tiny 3-cylinder 1.0-liter engine that outputs 68 hp and has 99 g/km of CO2, or a bigger 4-cylinder that fires 84 hp and has CO2 emissions of 100 g/k when equipped with the stop/start system. Both variants of the Picanto are exempt from London’s famous Congestion Charge.

Kia Picanto (Three-Door Version)

The base price for the car starts from 7795 pounds (1.0 “1” model), which is 200 pounds less than its five-door brother. If you opt for the 1.25 Halo model that comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission you will have to pay 12,295 pounds while the manual gearbox-only Equinox will set you back at least 11,695 pounds.

The automaker mentioned that they think that this three-door variant will account for 45% of the overall Picanto sales. My guess is that they won’t sell that many and the five-door variant will make up for more than 70%.

Source: Kia via Autocar