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2012 Kia Picanto teaser sketches – Click above for high-res images

Kia has been hard at work, gaining credibility and sales in seemingly all market sectors over the past couple of years. What was once derided as a cut-rate brand has come back with higher quality and attractive styling, but the Picanto has until now been largely left out of the fun. An update for the overseas subcompact came in 2007, but that didn't do much for the diminutive city car. What Kia has in store for the next-generation model, however, stands to improve its lot.

With a debut scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, Kia has released two sketches of what we might expect from the new Picanto. And if the new model carries over the edgy styling from these sketches with reasonable accuracy, the Picanto could emerge as a real player in the city car market. Check 'em out in the gallery below, along with the brief press release after the jump.

[Source: Kia]
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  • Kia reveals first design sketches of stylish next generation Picanto city car
  • Newcomer brings confidence, solidity and maturity to the A-segment
  • Production vehicle to be unveiled at 2011 Geneva Motor Show
  • On sale in the UK from late Spring 2011

Kia has today released the first official design sketches of the next generation Picanto city car designed to stand out from the crowd.

The new model has been styled by Kia's European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.

Exuding self confidence, solidity and maturity, the next generation Picanto is designed to break the city car mould and will be officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2011 and will be on sale in the UK from late Spring.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The front looks a bit ricey and the rear is quite messy, not really good compared to other modern Kias
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a little too much like the Toyota iQ and Hyundai's own i10. Considering what KIA has put out recently, I think this could have been better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it looks just like Toyota iQ, I mean Scion iQ. The side profile is just like Yaris.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see a Yaris with a Korean accent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just saw a 5 door mule running around yesterday that resembled this....it'd make sense being close by to Kia's design center. But apparently this is styled in Germany?
      The only thing I know is that the name should change. Picanto doesn't seem too enticing
      • 4 Years Ago
      The back looks pretty neat from the concept. Curious to see if the production model carries over the same features.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this sitting on the road today, 5dr but the wheels were more like 13".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stylized drawings are stylized to get your interest. Reality can be close and yet so far, witness the VW NMS
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen it on the road before too. Yaris!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, the Yaris wished it looked as good.