Kia Motors Corporation has released the first official photos of the next generation Kia Picanto city car boasting a bolder, more mature and more self confident look.
Completely redesigned and re-engineered, the new car has grown in overall length and wheelbase and is set to redefine its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in its segment.
Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, said, "In profile, new Picanto features significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line. The result is a layering of light and shadow and this breaks up the height, giving the car a more sure-footed stance."
While the current Kia Picanto is available only as a five-door hatchback, the next generation version will be offered as a five-door globally but a sportier three-door body style will also be made available in the UK and European markets.
The new Kia Picanto will feature four all-new powertrains in 1.0- and 1.2-litre displacements, all boasting class leading CO2 emissions levels. In addition to the standard petrol engines, LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel variations will be available depending on local market requirements.
The next generation Kia Picanto will receive its official unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday 1st March 2011.
The exact timing of the Kia Picanto's arrival in the UK market is yet to be decided.Published 4 January 2011