Kia is extending current Picanto range with the introduction of the new Chilli version in the UK. The Chilli variant is part of the Picanto Originals series, a rolling programme of high-specification, value-priced models.
As you could probably guess, Chilli model offer a high specification for a mid-range price, sitting above the SR7 grade. The manual costs £11,495 on the road, while the automatic is £12,095. The car is on sale from July 1st 2015 and regards only the three door variant.
To stand out, the new Picanto Chilli features new front and rear bumper, a twin exhaust tailpipe and additional side sill mouldings painted to match the body colour. The Chilli models are finished in red, black or white paintwork. Sporty-looking five-barrel 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 175/50 tyres are the final finishing touch.
Inside you can find seats in black faux leather with red and grey cloth cushions and backrests to match the inserts on the doors. There are aluminium pedals with non-slip rubber pads, while the centre fascia, steering wheel bezel and gearshifter top are finished in classy Gloss Black.
The Chilli version represents the first Picanto to be fitted with satellite navigation including European mapping, similar to the system found in Kia’s Rio and Venga ranges. This is linked to a seven-inch touchscreen and includes a reversing camera. A six-speaker audio system is also standard.
The Picanto Chilli is powered only by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 84bhp and 120Nm (89lb ft) of torque. They offer buyers the option of a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.