• Jan 4, 2011
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Kia has just released details on the next-generation Picanto for UK buyers. The pint-sized city car has grown a bit, gaining a bit in both the wheelbase and width departments, and buyers will find an all-new, more aggressively styled exterior, too. Traditionally, the Picanto has only been served up as a five-door hatch, though Kia says that for the first time, UK buyers will be able to take advantage of a new three-door variant as well. The rest of the model's markets will have to make do with just the five-door design.

Kia has also thrown in a smattering of new drivetrain options as well. Buyers can choose between 1.0-liter or 1.2 liter gasoline engines, though there are no power figures for either at the moment. Kia says that each engine will be available in LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel variants depending on market demand. The company hasn't released an on-sale date, either, but we do know that the public will be able to get up close and personal with the Picanto at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Hit the jump for the full press release. Thanks to all for the tips!

[Source: Kia]
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* New Picanto to be offered in two body styles with four all-new powertrains
* Production vehicle to be revealed at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Kia Motors Corporation has released the first official photos of the next generation 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 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 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 Picanto will receive its official unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday March 1 2011.

The exact timing of the car's arrival in the UK market is yet to be decided.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the diesel engine?? :((
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remove the ca from the name and you have the name of Ford's famous small car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's like a Toyota iQ mated with a Ford Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nothing wrong with that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would take the Vitz/Yaris. The back of this is simply too Rondo-esque for my liking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More like a Fit + Fiesta combo.

        Honestly, many of the smaller cars look rather similar. At least there seems to be some serious competition with pretty good entries --- as rumors of a return to $4/gal fuel prices begin to gain traction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see a Toyota Yaris with a KIA grill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm after coupe that looks like a civic, now this picanto that looks like a fiesta? Plagiarism lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is KIA Korean for Kopy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front looks like a Toyota iQ, while the rear looks like Hyundai's own i10. (Wow, I just realized that both of those are 'i' models.) It isn't bad and it's certainly much better than the current (old) Picanto, but it could be better considering KIA's latest standout designs. Then again, it is kind of hard to do a well-designed city car (i.e. below the Ford Fiesta class, before anyone says "FORD FIESTA!!!!!!!!111one").
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a nice addition to the A segment.

      I really wish that America wasn't so in love with oversized vehicles, then we could benefit from smaller fun to drive cars like Europe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiesta?where??It looks to me like it's family member Venga.(which is selling in europe)
      I've seen picture taken in the U.S.:http://bobaedream.co.kr/board/bulletin/view.php?code=national&No=225502
      why is this in the U.S.?for commercial maybe because there are no orange lights.
      Kia is also planning on box car and will be on sale this fall/winter(not the soul but real box car like 1st gen.XB)
      • 4 Years Ago
      LED positioning lamp (headlight) on this segment for the price range is quite impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah yeah I tell you everything
        It looka like, It looka like a car.

        - Mrs Swan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just did a 5-minute chop to see what it would look like in a higher trim level:
      • 4 Years Ago
      If those mini-motors are gas HPDI, we would love it here in the US. Make it here too, and crush the re-named Aveo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The grill seems a bit too small proportionally..
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