Kia reveals first three-door Picanto

Kia has revealed the first three-door Picanto, which will go on sale at the beginning of September.

The city car is appearing in three-door guise for the first time, and comes with a series of styling alterations to set it apart from its five-door equivalent.
The front grille is slightly larger on the three-door version, and can also be specified with a red or silver surround, while the bumper has been slightly restyled to give the car the impression of greater width and lower ride height.

At the rear, the intended sportier image of the three door is added to by the twin chrome exhaust pipes, rather than the hidden single outlet on the five-door car.

Kia has chosen to rename the trim levels on the Picanto three-door, although the entry-level, £7,795 car remains as the 1, with the 1 Air adding air con as standard for an additional £600. Equinox and Halo replace the 2 and 3 trim levels of the five-door version.

The basic car comes with a height adjustable seat, fully adjustable steering wheel, and CD player, while the Halo and Equinox trims add Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, automatic lights, LED front daytime running lights and the red grille surround.

Halo then brings 14-inch alloys, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and reverse parking sensors. Equinox is only available in black, and comes with 15-inch alloys, automatic aircon and keyless start.

There are three different interior colours throughout the range, with the entry level 1 and 1 Air trim coming in all black, while the Halo gets a black and grey inside and the Equinox gets a Chilli red finish.

The two engines on offer are the 68bhp 1.0-litre and 84bhp 1.25-litre petrol from the five-door, with the same 99g/km emissions available in the smaller of the two. Prices go up to the £12,295 for the automatic version of the 1.25 Halo.

The Picanto three door goes on sale from 1 September and comes with Kia's seven year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard.
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