Kia Picanto 2020: Will it come to India?

Kia Picanto 2020: Will it come to India?

by admin | August 25, 2020

The compact SUV and SUV segment in India is booming, so much that manufacturers are shifting their focus to producing tall, beefy looking cars with erm… small engines.

But what about hatchbacks? Well, they’re still in demand too and we think they still would be in the near future. After all, small, affordable and peppy cars are always good in have in congested cities. Speaking of small cars, the Kia Picanto has made quite a name since its launch a few years ago. Also known as ‘ Kia Morning’ in many countries, the Picanto is available in three engine options, funky colours and a few of the so called attractive features.

Based on the Hyundai i10 platform internationally, the Picanto is quite similar in size to that of the i10 making it look like one too, if you look closely from different angles. But that’s possible only if you have a keen eye. The 2020 avatar of the Picanto has many aesthetic changes made to it which make it a bit overwhelming for a small car.

The front end gets a new chrome ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, LED projector headlamps, a redesigned bumper with a new place for the fog lights and bigger air dams. Overall, we think Kia has tried to make the Picanto look a bit aggressive but the front actually looks like there’s too much happening there all at the same time. A bit cramped of sorts.

The rear and sides too don’t miss out on the 2020 updates. The rear bumper gets a diffuser, taillights are now LED and the alloy wheels get a new design. Yes, we know, it looks like it has fake exhausts. The look at the back is opposite from what’s happening in the front. There’s lots of space the designers could fill stuff in. Or not, perhaps.

Speaking of the interior, most things looked the same as the earlier models except for a few additions that would make it a highly attractive package in India. A large eight- inch touch screen Infotainment System with UVO connectivity suite, automatic AC, push button start- stop, an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats and a semi digital instrument panel with a 4.2 inch multi- information display. As keen drivers, we liked the electric sunroof bit the most.

Speaking of the heart of the matter, the Kia Picanto comes with three engine options- a 1.0 litre three cylinder naturally aspirated engine churning out 75 bhp and 95NM of torque, a four cylinder 1.2 litre engine making around 85 bhp and lastly, a 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 99 bhp. That’s a lot of choice for a small car! The three cylinder motors however get only a 5 speed manual gearbox whereas the four cylinder motor gets the option of a 4- speed automatic.

Safety too isn’t compromised. It has what most modern small hatchbacks come with- seven airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking assist, and many other features which we may not see in India even if the car is launched soon. The seven airbags option is also a great start in terms of safety for a small car like the Picanto and we do hope to see it if at all the car is launched in India.

Speaking of the Kia Picanto launch in India, Kia has expressed that it isn’t keen on entering the hatchback segment in India yet, especially when it is currently focussing on bringing the compact SUV Kia Sonet into India soon. But with times changing quickly, you may see the Picanto on Indian roads sooner than expected. Or, maybe not so soon. Well, only time will tell in case you’ve been waiting for this hatchback.

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    Honda has launched the new City hatchback which will go on sale in Thailand first. It is essentially a shorter, hatchback version of the existing 5th Gen Honda City Sedan which was recently launched in India.


    Honda City Hatchback Exterior

    The new Honda City hatchback looks almost same as the Sedan, till the C-pillar. However, instead of an elongated trunk, the car gets a hatch beyond that. The rear too resembles the Sedan when it comes to the wide, horizontally placed tail-lights and the number plate housing. However, the hatchback gets a shorter overhang and a


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    more rounded appearance. The rear bumper too is sporty with vertically placed faux air vents and a contrast black rear faux diffuser.

    The new Honda City hatchback RS Turbo gets more sporty bits like a blacked-out grille and dark-chrome finish for the 16-inch alloy wheels, similar to the City Sedan RS Turbo version sold in Thailand.

    The new Honda City hatchback is 4,349mm long, 1,748mm wide and 1,488mm tall and has a 2,589mm long wheelbase. It is 200mm shorter than the Thailand-spec City sedan but is 314mm longer, 53mm wider and has a 59mm longer wheelbase than the Honda Jazz.


    Honda City Hatchback Interior

    On the inside too, the City hatchback is exactly the same as the sedan without any significant changes. However unlike the Sedan, the hatchback gets Honda’s innovative rear seats that can split 60:40, fold down to increase boot space, fold up to increase vertical space and sit flush with the front seats to create a bed.


    The City hatchback will be currently available with only a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine that produces 122hp through a CVT gearbox. More powertrain options will be offered based on the different markets.

     Launch markets:

    The new City hatchback will be introduced in many markets like South America and in countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia where it will also replace the third-gen Jazz. However, the fourth-gen Jazz has already been launched in markets like Japan, Europe and even North America where the City hatchback is not expected to be launched.

    In India however, Honda has just introduced a facelift version of the 3rd Gen Jazz with more features. This Jazz facelift will not be replaced by any new model anytime soon.

    Stay tuned for further updates.

    Mahindra and Mahindra Launched the new generation Thar SUV. The new Thar is based on an all new platform featuring lots of new features and new petrol engine option with automatic gearbox. With this new gen Thar, Mahindra have made it more road and user friendly. Here are all the details on the new Indian made lifestyle SUV.


        The new Mahindra Thar has grown in every dimension while maintaining the traditional Thar design. With a wider track and longer wheelbase, the Thar now resembles the Jeep Wrangler. The front grille and the bumpers are quite different in design though. The higher


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    spec LX variants also feature LED DRLs along with 18” alloy wheels. The lower spec AX variants get 16” Steel rims. The new Thar will be available either as a Hard top on the LX variants or with a fixed or convertible soft top on the AX variants. As standard all variants come with a tailgate mounted spare wheel with the LX variant getting a full size alloy wheel.


        The interior of the new gen Thar gets revolutionary changes when compared to the previous model. The design, layout and materials are vastly superior with more creature comfort and features.


    The new gen Thar will be available in two variant series; the Adventure focused AX series and the feature oriented LX series.

        The AX series variant offers the following standard features:

    • AC

    • Power steering

    • Power windows

    • Central locking

    • 16” Steel wheels

    • Reverse sensors

    • Steel foot steps

    • Mechanical Diff lock 4x4

    • Fixed soft top

    • 6 seats (side facing rear seats)

    However the AX series can also be had with an option pack including the following features:

    • Remote locking

    • Forward facing rear seats

    • ISOFIX child seat mounts

    • Height adjustable driver seat

    The comfort oriented LX series will include the following additional features:

    • 18” alloy wheels

    • Front fog lamps

    • LED DRLs

    • Electric ORVMs

    • Driver seat lumbar adjust

    • TFT instrument cluster

    • 7” touchscreen system

    • 4 roof mounted speakers

    • Android auto & Apple carplay

    • Adventure stats and Tyre direction assist

    • Electronic AC controls

    • Cruise control

    • 4 seats

    • Convertible or Hard top

    • Moulded foot steps

    • Brake locking differential

    All these features will make the new Thar more modern and comfortable for daily usage too.


           Safety features on the new Mahindra Thar BS6 include:

    • ABS with EBD

    • Dual airbags

    • ISOFIX child seat mounts (only on 4 seater)

    • Pretensioner seatbelts

    • Engine immobilizer

    • Hill hold assist

    • ESP with traction control

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system


           The new Thar will be offered with both Turbo petrol and Turbo diesel engines. The 2.2L MHawk turbo diesel engine produces 130PS Power and 300NM torque through either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed Torque converter automatic gearbox (only on LX variants). Mahindra's new 2.0L MStallion turbo petrol engine will be debuting on the new Thar, producing Max Power of 150PS and torque of 320NM. The turbo petrol will be available with a 6 speed manual transmission only on the AX variants and with a 6 speed automatic transmission only on the LX variants.

    All Thar variants will be available with a standard manual Shift-on the fly 4X4 transfer gear box with diff locks.

    Price :

            The new Mahindra Thar launched pricing starts 9.8lakh ex-showroom.

    The All New THAR 4WD MT : 

    AX Std 6 Seat Soft Top Petrol : 9.8 Lakh

    AX 6 Seat Soft Top Petrol : 10.65Lakh

    AX 6 Seat Soft Top Diesel : 10.85 Lakh

    AX ( O) 4 Seat Convertible Top Petrol- 11.9 Lakh

    AX (O) 4 Seat Convertible Top Diesel - 12.10 Lakh

    AX (O) 4 Seat Hard Top Diesel - 12.20 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Hard Top Petrol- 12.49 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Convertible Top Diesel - 12.85 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Hard Top Diesel - 12.95 Lakh

    The All New THAR 4WD - AT: 

    LX - 4 Seat Convertible Top Petrol - 13.45 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Hard Top Petrol- 13.55 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Convertible Top Diesel - 13.65 Lakh

    LX - 4 Seat Hard Top Diesel - 13.75lakh

    The AX series price starts from ?9.8L to ?12.2L and 12.49L to 13.75L for the LX series. With all the additional features and power, we expect this new Thar to give a tough time to the urban oriented compact Crossovers too.

    Tata Motors is getting ready for the launch of its new Sub compact crossover SUV, now named the PUNCH. Teaser images and videos have been released by the manufacturer, revealing just the front fascia. However, here are the complete details on the new micro crossover that we have figured out through spy images and videos.

    Here are the details on the new Altroz turbo petrol:

    The first crossover SUV based on the ALFA arc platform of the Altroz, with Harrier inspired styling.

    Will be available with a 1.2L Revotron 3 cyl petrol engine similar to the Tata Tiago


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    and Altroz.

    Will also include Engine auto Start/Stop system on specific variants.

    Top spec variant will offer Projector headlamps, TFT instrument cluster, Cruise control, touchscreen system among other features.

    DESIGN The Tata Punch is essentially the production spec version of the HBX concept showcased at the 2020 Delhi Auto expo. Except for the more traditional looking front bumper which houses the fog lamps, the overall design remains almost identical. The projector headlamps are located lower in the bumper with the LED strips on top, quite similar to the Harrier. The wheel arches are muscular while also featuring black cladding all around. Unlike the Nexon and Harrier, the cabin is more upright, lending a more tall-boy crossover look. Being based on the Altroz platform, the rear door handles are integrated into the C pillar design along with the 90 degree opening doors, similar to the Altroz.

    The rear design is more traditional, with a simple chiseled tailgate and raked rear glass. The rear bumper houses the Registration plate, being flanked by big reflectors. Unlike the off road spec tyres on the concept, the Punch will get 16” dual tone alloys on the top spec variants. All except the base model is expected to get roof rails also. Similar to the Altroz, only the higher variants will get rear wiper with washer and defogger.

    DIMENSIONS The Tata Punch will slot below the Altroz in both, dimensions and positioning. The HBX concept was 3840mm in length, 1822mm in width and 1635mm in height. While the width and height of the production version may differ slightly, the Punch will be longer than the Tiago while being taller than the Nexon. It is also expected to be similar in width to the NEXON.

    INTERIOR The overall design and layout of the interior will be almost identical to the HBX concept. Similar to the Altroz, the Punch will offer a dual tone theme, with a centrally mounted freestanding 7” Touchscreen on top. The lower variants will also get the Harman monochrome audio system carried over from the lower variants of the Nexon and Altroz. On the top most Variant, the Punch will also offer the semi digital TFT instrument cluster setup similar to the Altroz XZ+.

    Other features will include Cruise control, Auto headlamps and wipers, Smart key access with push button start, Engine auto start/Stop system, Auto climate control, Power windows and Auto folding ORVMs. The 7” touchscreen will offer 6 Harman speakers, standard Android auto / Apple carplay connectivity, What3words based navigation, IRA connected car features and Voice command controls for Media, FM, Auto AC and Calls.

    While a front Armrest will not be offered, the rear seats will get a center armrest along with adjustable headrests only on the higher variants.

    PRACTICALITY  Being almost as wide as the Nexon, the Punch will have a flatter rear bench, making it more comfortable for 3 abreast seating. Similar to the Altroz, the Punch will have a plethora of storage options including bottle and umbrella holders on the doors, a large cooled glovebox and cubbyholes in the center Console. The Boot space is expected to be at around 300L, which is better than the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100.

    POWERTRAIN  The Tata Punch will continue with the same 1.2L 3cyl Revotron petrol engine from the Altroz. This engine produces 86PS of max Power and 113NM of peak torque with the option of a 5 speed manual gearbox or an AMT. The Tata Punch is also likely to offer an Economy drive mode for better efficiency. The higher variants will also offer Auto Engine Start/Stop feature.

    It is likely that the iTurbo petrol or the Revotorq Turbo diesel could also be offered on the Tata Punch.

    POSITIONING Being a feature loaded sub compact crossover SUV with the mentioned dimensions and powertrain options, the Tata Punch can compete with various cars across categories. The Lower specced variants could target the Renault Kwid and Maruti Suzuki Spresso. The mid level variants could aim for the 1.2L petrol versions of the WagonR, Ignis and the Mahindra KUV100. The most feature loaded top variant could rival the 1.0L non turbo variants of the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite; along with the 1.2L non turbo variants of the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.


           The Tata Punch sub compact SUV is expected to be launched in the month of October. Pricing is expected to start from Rs.4.99L for the base variant and go up to Rs.7L for the XZ variant. (All prices ex showroom) Stay tuned for further updates on the Tata Punch sub compact SUV.