Malaysian Kia distributor Naza Kia has previewed the specifications and equipment for the new Kia Picanto TA on its website. Pre-booking is also now open via a form on the official website. Like big brother Rio, the Picanto will be delivered with Kia badges.

Two variants have been revealed – one with a five-speed manual and another with a four-speed automatic, both paired to the 1.25 litre Kappa engine producing 87 PS at 6,000 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights as well as LED tail lamps are standard. The steering wheel is height adjustable.

UPDATE: Pricing for the Picanto has been confirmed – RM54,888 for the M/T and RM59,888 for the A/T, OTR with insurance. Test drive report here.

The automatic version has more equipment. What it adds on to the manual are 15-inch alloys with 175/50 tyres (165/60 R14 for the manual), front fog lamps, chrome door handles, Supervision cluster meter panel, large LED illuminated vanity mirror, driver’s side sunglass case, six speakers (instead of four), Bluetooth, steering wheel audio control, leather wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and push start, plus cup holder illumination.

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The brilliant thing about the specs is that safety features are top notch – both the automatic and manual variants are equipped with six airbags, ESC stability control, ABS, and Hillstart Assist Control.

You will find a full Kia Picanto specs sheet in the gallery after the jump. No prices have been announced for now, but when we spoke to sales advisors at a Kia roadshow in Sunway Pyramid last month where the Picanto was being previewed, an estimated price range of below RM60k to around RM64k was mentioned.

So could we be looking at RM59k for the manual and RM64k for the automatic? It’s much more pricey compared to the other cars in its segment such as the Hyundai i10 and Suzuki Alto, but then again the specs are higher than usual as well. Like what you see and hear?

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