Exterior Styling

Combining wide-eyed appeal with sporty, modern lines, the exterior of the Kia Picanto is clearly inspired by European tastes and preferences. Designer Kang Lee gave the car a clear design link with the popular Carens small MPV while ensuring that the Picanto was both distinctive and attractive.

The body-coloured lift-up door-handles fit flush with the side of the car for a more streamlined, upscale appeal. The wing mirrors, available in black or body-coloured paint, are designed to increase aerodynamic efficiency and reduce wind noise.

14" wheels complete the side view, with a choice of steel or eight-spoke alloys. Sportier three spoke 15" alloy wheels are also available.

Interior Styling

The interior design for the Picanto focuses on functionality and ergonomics. The two-tone, full fabric trim blends style and comfort into a relaxing driving experience that is accentuated by a full range of convenience features.

The interior design continues the same bold styling that characterises the exterior of the vehicle, with arched surfaces and contoured edges. Controls are ergonomically positioned to ensure the maximum ease of use.

The dashboard is arched and contoured to match the shape of the steering wheel. On the driver’s side a wide sill extends over the instrument cluster, which consists of four analogue dials and a multifunctional LED display. A digital clock is incorporated into the cluster.

Below the air vents are the audio system and the climate control system. Controls are rotary-type for ease of use and clearly marked for increased visibility. The air-conditioning controls are on a slide-switch beneath the rotary dials.

The central fascia is finished in a high grade plastic to match the colour tone of the interior and features an optional metal grain trim. In the automatic model, the gear selector below the fascia features a metallic front plate that adds impact and a touch of flair to the interior.

A range of 18 cabin storage areas further expands the interior space. The centre console features two beverage holders, one of which can be used to hold a removable ashtray. A cell phone tray and a rear storage tray complete the console stack. In the dashboard are two storage trays below the steering wheel on the driver’s door side and a two-layer glove box.

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Published : 18/09/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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