Kia Picanto Malaysia-24

The second-generation Kia Picanto is now in showrooms nationwide, available for booking at an estimated price of under RM60k for the manual and below RM64k for the automatic variant. The prices are not final as Naza Kia is waiting for approval by the government.

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

Both five-speed manual and four-speed auto transmissions are paired to a 87 PS/120 Nm 1.25 litre Kappa engine with CVVT. Naza Kia says that the first 1,000 customers to “book or register” the new Picanto will be entitled to a complimentary IM4U number plate.

Introduced by the PM in March this year, the IM4U plate was rolled out in conjuction with the 1Malaysia For Youth movement, with the objective of it helping to raise funds to support the movement’s activities. The special series has the usual run of 9,999 numbers, but cannot be registered in tax-free islands Langkawi and Labuan, unlike with the G1M series commonly seen on mega-buck supercars.

Available in six colours, the new Picanto comes standard with six airbags, ESP and all-round disc brakes. The high-spec automatic variant features things like keyless entry with push start, Supervision meter plus Bluetooth and steering buttons for the factory audio. Warranty is for five years with unlimited mileage. Full local spec list and test drive report here.