Kia Picanto Morning First generation
|Also called||Kia Morning Kia New Morning Kia Picanto Morning Kia EuroStar (Taiwan) Naza Suria (Malaysia) Naza Picanto (Malaysia)|
|Assembly||Seosan, South Korea Chu Lai Plant, Quang Nam, Vietnam Bicutan, Parañaque City, Philippines Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.0 L Epsilon I4 petrol 1.0 L Epsilon I4 LPG 1.1 L Epsilon I4 petrol 1.2 L Kappa I4 petrol 1.1 L CRDI VGT I3 diesel|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 4-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,370 mm (93.3 in)|
|Length||3,535 mm (139.2 in)|
|Width||1,595 mm (62.8 in)|
|Height||1,480 mm (58.3 in)|
|Curb weight||897 kg (1,978 lb)|
The Picanto is based on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz. It is available with either 1.0 or 1.1 L petrol engines. A 3-cylinder diesel engine (based on the Kia Cerato's 1.5 CRD four-cylinder unit), with direct injection and a variable geometry turbocharger, has been available in the European market since Spring '04, with power reaching 75 PS (55 kW). The Picanto is 3,495 mm (137.6 in) long with a five-door hatchback body. Automatic gearboxes are optional in the petrol units. Also sold in some countries with a 1.2 L engine found in the Hyundai i10.
To increase its appeal in the European market, the Picanto is equipped with such features as CD player (that enables MP1, 2 and 3 audio playback), air conditioning, front and patented rear electric windows, remote central locking, and electric mirrors. These features were advertised in a short-lived ad campaign starring Marcus Grönholm.
Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 5-door hatchback variant on a 2004 registration:
The Picanto model in Europe was altered slightly in late 2007. Among the minor changes were the light clusters (front and rear), and for the UK market, the indicator stalk was switched to the other side. For the Italian market, a new bi-fuel LPG version debuted, with 1.0 L and 1.1 L engines.
For the 2010 model year, the Picanto received some minor changes to its interior and exterior for the Korean market.