• May 25, 2007
click above image for more angles of the 2007 Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is a small city car that's a big seller for the South Korean automaker. Though not sold in the U.S., the Picanto, which is based on the Hyundai Getz, is a hit in Europe and other export markets where teeny weeny autos are appreciated by the populace. Early next month, Kia will be debuting an updated Picanto at the Barcelona Motor Show in Spain. While far from all-new, the refreshed Picanto gets a more organic front end that reminds us a bit of the Hyundai Elantra that's sold in the U.S. The new front clip and rear bumper manage to grow the Picanto's overall length by 1.57 inches, but it's basically the same car underneath as before. The interior has also been upgraded, though it still appears to be chiseled from a giant block of hard plastic. Nevertheless, this new look has grown the Picanto from an awkward-looking city car into something that resembles a car even we Americans could excited about. After all, who doesn't love Lambo look-alike wheels on a micro mini?

You can rad Kia's official press release after the jump and check out the gallery by clicking below.

[Source: Kia]



PRESS RELEASE:

NEW KIA PICANTO MAKES WORLD WIDE DEBUT IN BARCELONA

Kia's best seller is about to get bigger and better. Only millimetres bigger but miles better in every way, the face-lifted Picanto is set for a world debut at the Barcelona show on June 7.

Kia's design teams have updated Picanto to exude glamour while still maintaining its cheeky charm. A rounder nose and deeper rear bumper make the new model 40mm longer than its predecessor. Further changes in Picanto's looks are a result of all-new panels on the bonnet, front wings and front and rear bumpers. This new 'rounded' theme is also reflected in the light clusters and newly designed grille which will be gradually introduced across the Kia range. Fresh new colours and a restyled rounded exterior create a more intimate feel which continues on the interior as well.

The upgraded interior comes in five funky new colours to complement the nine new exterior colours on offer. New audio equipment and power steering will also enhance Picanto's high quality driving experience seldom offered in this sector.

Kia Motors European Vice President, Jean-Charles Lievens commented on this latest addition to the Kia range: "Picanto has been a great success for Kia, achieving more than 250,000 sales across Europe in a segment where we previously had no presence. Now we have refreshed our small car, upgrading its equipment and introducing a range of customer benefits, we aim to maintain its appeal and expand sales to 90,000 units annually over the next few years."


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  • 7 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      I paid $52 today to fill up my SUV. Why can't we get the Picanto or Hyundai Getz here. I read a report that showed the Getz got over 50mpg. The day is here where we need these urban crawlers in N.America
        • 7 Years Ago
        The reason is probably because the Picanto would undercut sales of the Rio.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Check more pictures of facelifted Kia Picanto and other Kia news on my blog:
      http://kiaworld.blog.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Geeze...that's pretty cool getting to see those things buzzing around San Diego.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kia Picata for my corn holio
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have been looking at spypics of this car for a while now, and now that i see the finished product i feel slightly let down.I really feel they could have done more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Slight correction on the fact the Picanto is based on the Hyundai Getz, which it is not. It's an entirely different floor pan and design being almost 400 mm shorter in length and 100 mm in wheelbase.

      The Getz is a small car and the Picanto is a supermini.

      The biggest complaint about this car in the UK is no diesel derivative. A cock up at the design stage mean't the much larger diesel engine wouldn't fit into the RHD version. So Kia deemed this too expensive a work around to bring it to the UK. With this model being longer due to the redesigned panels, there's high hope this problem will be resolved and the UK will finally get their hands on an oil burning version which has taken the rest of Europe by storm.