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 low 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 2011. The exact timing of the car's arrival in the UK market is yet to be decided.Kia Picanto launched with service pack
20 June 2011