Kia have revealed the first pictures and specs of the all-new Picanto ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new model promises a range of new smart technologies as well as a bigger and more practical interior. The super mini will be offered with three engines including a sprightly little 1.0litre turbo for the first time.
The model will see a new GT-line spec added to the line-up, inspired by the utterly beautiful high performance Stinger GT and will feature red, black and silver highlights in the grille, side intakes, rear valance and along the side skits.
Bosses are describing the new picanto as “an innovative, bold and dun-looking urban city car”, giving Kia’s smallest car a “more assertive stance with bolder body lines”. The sharper looks bring the picante in line with the more recent additions to the range including the new Rio, the mighty Stinger GT and updated Sportage SUV.
The cabin is more contemporary and advanced than previous Picanto’s and features a large 7.0-inch floating touch screen with smart phone integration, sat nav and a reversing camera.
To follow suit with the increasing trend towards 5 door models in the A-segment, Kia will stop production on the 3 door model for the third generation car. Although the new Picanto isn’t any bigger than its predecessor, it has a longer wheel base and rear overhang, allowing more cabin and boot space. The boot space is now best-in-class with an impressive 255 litres of space with the seats up and 1,010 litres with the seats down.
Passengers will see more leg and head room while a lower step height will make it easier to get in and out of. The super-mini will be available with 4 or 5 seats and the rear bench will be split accordingly depending on the buyer preference.
The 1.0-litre 67ps engine is the most fuel efficient and emits 89g/km of CO2. The mid-range 1.25-litre unit produces peak power of 84ps and emits 104g/km of CO2. The new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine will produce 100ps and 172Nm torque when it goes on sale later this year.
The body is now stronger and lighter than before, supported by six airbags as well as a range of active safety features including electronic stability control and autonomous braking.
As ever with any Kia, the new Picanto will be sold with the 7 year, 100,000 mile warranty with prices likely to start from around £8,500 when it goes on sale in May.