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Kia adds 'Chilli' Picanto models

Kia has added two sporty 'Chilli' models to its Picanto range.

The Chilli variants are part of the Picanto Originals series, which Kia describes as a 'rolling programme of high-specification, value-priced models' changed at frequent intervals to offer buyers something out of the ordinary.

Sitting above the SR7 grade in the range, the Chilli models are available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. Both are three-door cars powered by a EU6-compliant 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 84bhp and 120Nm (89lb ft) of torque, with economy and emissions figures of 61.4mpg and 106g/km with the five-speed manual gearbox, or 50.4mpg and 130g/km with the four-speed automatic.

Offering a high specification for a mid-range price, they have been enhanced with new front and rear bumpers and a twin exhaust tailpipe. There are also additional side sill mouldings painted to match the body colour. The Chilli models are finished in red, black or white paintwork and run on sporty five-barrel 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 175/50 tyres.

An equally sporty interior features seats in black faux leather with 'striking' 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 Gloss Black.

The Chilli versions are the first Picantos 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 while a six-speaker audio system is also standard.

On sale now, pricing for the Picanto Chilli start at £11,495 OTR for the 1.2, 5-speed manual and £12,095 OTR for the 1.2, 4-speed auto.