Perhaps, some folks from some rich man car clubs may not agree with us. In reality, with raising fuel costs and government reduce fuel subsidy in Malaysia, a small and efficient cars is more essential than anything else.
Lately, Kia introduces the new Picanto in Malaysia. Opening the door to more fuel-saving possibilities, it offers an ideal solution for those who desire a more economical and compact vehicle in which to whizz around the city.
The introduction of the new Kia Picanto on Malaysian shores is indeed timely. In a time of growing concern over rising costs of living and fuel prices, the A-segment’s 1.2-litre engine will certainly contribute towards more efficient fuel consumption. This is certainly the way to go for first-time car owners, or those simply looking to exchange their gas-guzzlers for a more fuel-efficient alternative.
Indeed, the Korean marque was never afraid of a challenge. With the new Picanto, the test lay in making the car affordable, while at the same time appealing to today’s discerning consumer. And it appears that the Picanto is all set to impress in this department.
More than its affordability, what’s amazing about the new Picanto, which is expected to be launched before the end of October, is that small does not necessarily mean less. Unlike other vehicles in its segment, the Picanto comes packed with a host of premium features typically reserved for more luxury cars – setting it up to be a new force to be reckoned with in the compact car segment.
Among some of the attractive comfort and safety features we can look forward to include six airbags (not usually seen in other cars in this segment), four disc brakes and LED daytime running light and rear combination lamps, just to name a few. The 1.2AT version will also come with keyless entry with smart key and push start button, as well as 15” alloy rims and Bluetooth with steering wheel remote control.
Truly, the new Picanto’s overall neater and cleaner packaging reflects the trademark of famed European designer Peter Schreyer, who now holds the design reins for Kia.
Longer and larger than its predecessor, the new Picanto promises more passenger comfort as well as a 25% increase in cargo space – ample room to store change of clothes, spare shoes and other necessities that will take one straight from the office to the gym, and then out for dinner with friends.
With a starting price expected to provide value for money, given the new Picanto’s class-unrivalled safety and premium standards, it is expected to still be relatively competitively priced compared to other players in the segment, according to sources from Naza-Kia.
True to its tagline, “All in smALL”, the new Kia Picanto proves that good things do indeed come in small packages. For those looking to enjoy a car offering no-fuss driving with premium quality and features without breaking the bank, then the new Kia Picanto is certainly the way to go.