This sportier three-door version of the recently launched Kia Picanto has been officially revealed ahead of its Frankfurt motor show debut in September.
The new doors and rear panels give the three-door Picanto a “fresh, dynamic appearance,” according to Kia, accentuated by the car’s rising belt line and side mouldings.
External revisions to the new model include a bigger front grille - available with silver or red trim surrounds – and revised bumpers, with a “slim, full-width lower grille, housing large black-bezelled foglamps,” at the front and a rectangular black central section at the rear. An exposed twin-chromed exhaust finishes off the car's new rear.
Four trim levels are available for the three-door Kia Picanto - 1, 1 Air (both carried over from the five-door car), Halo and Equinox – the last two of which join the Picanto range for the first time.
Halo and Equinox versions get Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, automatic LED lights front and back, side skirts and a red front grille surround as standard.
Halo also includes 14-inch alloys, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, reverse parking sensors and an electronic instrument binnacle as well as a high gloss white centre fascia and Lunar Glow metallic paint outside.
Top-spec Equinox models are finished with Kia’s ‘Chilli’ red interior and gloss black fascia and gearknob. Beefy 15-inch telephone-dial style alloys “lend a more sporting look” to the exterior, which is finished in Galaxy Black metallic paint. Aditionally, Equinox models get automatic air conditioning and smart key with starter button.