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2012 Kia Picanto EX Impressions

 

 

It’s not only Hyundai that has been churning out handsome vehicles lately.  Kia has also revamped and upgraded its lineup and the latest model to get a makeover is the Picanto.

Kia has left behind the rounded and awkward design of the old Picanto and has now opted for an unconventional, rugged look.  The 2012 Kia Picanto EX sports an aggressive chin, complete with well-designed foglamps and headlights.  The rear has also received an upgrade as the tail lights, now LED, have a more appealing look.

The interiors of the new Picanto have also been jazzed up.  Thankfully, Kia chose a minimalist look for the Picanto’s interior.

The 2012 Picanto runs on a 1.0L Kappa MPI I-3 SOHC 12V Engine with maximum power of 69PS at 6,200 rpm and maximum Torque of 9.6kg-m at 3,500 rpm.  Transmission options are manual and automatic.

The MT variant is priced at Php545,000 while the AT variant is priced at Php599,000.

 

2012 Kia Picanto EX Technical Specifications

EX – M/TEX – A/T
EngineKappa I-3 D-CVVT MPI 12VKappa I-3 D-CVVT MPI 12V
Displacement1.0 litre – 998 cc
Maximum power69hp@6,200 rpm69hp@6,200 rpm
Maximum torque9.6kg-m@3,500 rpm9.6kg-m@3,500 rpm
EX – M/TEX – A/T
Transmission5-Speed Manual Transmission4-Speed (Gate-Type) with Shift Lock
Front SuspensionMacPherson Strut with Stabilizer
and Coil Spring
MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer
and Coil Spring
Rear SuspensionCoupled Torsion Beam Axle
with Coil Spring
Coupled Torsion Beam Axle
with Coil Spring
Tire Size165/60 R14175/50 R15
Wheel TypeSteel with Full Sheel CoverAlloy Wheels
Side Door HandleBody ColorBody Color
Rear View MirrorDay and NightDay and Night
Seats
– Front 

– Rear

Bucket Type with Sliding
and Reclining
60/40 with Double Folding,
Fold Flat
Bucket Type with Sliding
and Reclining
60/40 with Double Folding,
Fold Flat
Seat MaterialFabricFabric
Power Features
– Windows
– Door Locks
– Steering
– Outside View Mirrors
with Tilt Adjustable and MDPS
with Heated and Body Color
with Tilt Adjustable and MDPS
with Heated and Body Color
Audio SystemCD/AM/FM/MP3/AUX/USB/4 SpeakersCD/AM/FM/MP3/AUX/USB/4 Speakers
AirconManual Climate Control SystemManual Climate Control System
Seating Capacity55
Seatbelts
– Front
– Rear
3-pt. ELR x2
3-pt. ELR x2 & Lapbelt
3-pt. ELR x2
3-pt. ELR x2 & Lapbelt
Impact Absorbing BodyBody ColorBody Color
Length (mm)3,5953,595
Width (mm)1,5951,595
Height (mm)1,4901,490
Wheelbase (mm)2,3852,385
Wheel Tread (mm)
– Front
– Rear
1,415
1,418
1,415
1,418
Curb Weight (kg)845865
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)1,3401,370

 

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