Kuala Lumpur, January 10, 2018 – To kick-off the year, Naza Kia Malaysia today unveiled the much-awaited new non-national A-segment vehicle – the Kia Picanto 2018.
The third-generation Kia Picanto 2018 promises to be the most versatile in its class with an untypically futuristic new design, safety enhancements and better performance with advanced technological value-added features to fulfil the wanderlust of today’s millennials.
The 3rd Generation Kia Picanto 2018
The Kia Picanto 2018 was carefully crafted with double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) as compared to its predecessor. This reduces its body-in-white weight by 23 kg, while improving its tensile strength by 12%. The 8-fold use of structural adhesives also increase the bodyshell’s static torsional stiffness by 32%.
For added safety, the Kia PIcanto 2018 boasts six airbags strategically placed in front and at the side of all passengers. It also has ISOFIX baby seat mounts, rear seatbelts pretensioners and active safety systems like ABS and ESC.
For tech savvy Malaysian millennials who need to stay connected at all times, the Kia Picanto 2018 has a large ‘floating’ 7.0-inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard which seamlessly connects to your smartphone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition. Kia Picanto 2018 owners can also access their smartphone functions via the Head Unit’s user interface for music, calls, messages and directions & navigation to ensure safe arrival at the travel destination.
The Kia Picanto 2018 boasts a greater luggage capacity and better space efficiency with its foldable second row seats (60:40 split), totalling up to 1,010 litres of cargo space; a vast improvement compared to its predecessor, the 2nd-generation Picanto.
The exterior of the Kia Picanto 2018 is complemented by new bi-functional headlamps that project both high and low beams, with LED daytime running lights. For those who want their Picantos with a little more pizazz, they can opt for the optional NOVUS accessory bundles.
There will be two NOVUS accessory bundles – NOVUS X and NOVUS S, with accessories that include the NOVUS emblem, solar tint films and sporty NOVUS bodykits, as well as leather seats and a digital video recorder (DVR), amongst others.
The Kia Picanto 2018 Price & Availability
The new Kia Picanto 2018 is available in select Kia Showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia, from 10 January 2018, with availability extending to Sabah and Sarawak in February 2018.
The Kia Picanto 2018 will be available in five colour options – Pop Orange, Lime Light, Honey Bee, Titanium Silver and Clear White, at the following price points :
- Kia Picanto 2018 : RM 49,888 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 12,472
- Kia Picanto NOVUS S : RM 53,053 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 13,263
- Kia Picanto NOVUS X : RM 55,506 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 13,877
Those eager to check out the new Kia Picanto can head over to the Kia on Tour Roadshow, which will be held from 10-14 January 2018 at Highstreet, One Utama.