New KIA Picanto UK version vs Pakistan version


Kia has announced a new generation of its economy hatchback car, Picanto, with bold changes in its design, to be released for sale in the UK later this year. In Pakistan, the latest model available on the market is still the second generation Picanto which came out in 2011 and was only made available in the country in 2019.

In terms of exterior design, the new model incorporates cues from the larger Niro, with vertically stacked headlights meeting in the middle and a distinctive LED bar at the upper section of the “tiger nose” grille. The rear of the car has upright taillights connected through a light bar on the tailgate.

The second generation by contrast has a simpler front fascia. While the older three-door version shares the same front design as the newer five-door variant, the second generation has a coupe-like rear window, resulting in a wide C-pillar at the bottom.

The new Picanto’s interior includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The GT-Line trim even offers a flat-bottomed steering wheel and amenities like a heated steering wheel. The second generation has a much simpler instrument cluster with three-cylinder styling and chromed rings.

The second-generation Picanto, as of the 2015 facelift, features an intelligent Start-Stop system for improved fuel efficiency. A 1.0-litre base engine is available, which can be paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission. In the new model this has been upgraded to options of three-cylinder 1.0- and 1.2-litre naturally aspirated gasoline.

Although detailed engine specifications are yet to be revealed, Kia has stated the new engines have been tweaked to be greener and more efficient than before.

In terms of safety features, the new generation Picanto is loaded with various safety equipment, including blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, active lane assistant, and a driver attention warning system. These safety features are not as advanced in the second generation available in Pakistan.

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