The all-new, third generation Kia Picanto has arrived months in advance of the actual worldwide public introduction scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show in March, with the South Korean brand showing the first official pictures and releasing initial details.
The interior and exterior are looking better than what we currently have from the outgoing model, but we do see here the range-topping, sports-inspired GT Line trim, which comes with youthful and energetic character to the A-segment” and “conveys a more assertive stance through bolder body lines and subtly sculptured surfaces.” The design was penned by teams in Namyang, S. Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, so the new Picanto is certainly pleasing for the European customer – and gets a 15-millimeter longer wheelbase (0.59 inches)while retaining the same exterior dimensions of the previous generation. Getting shorter overhangs and with the wheels pushed further into the corner gets a more assertive, dynamic styling – and while the length remains the same, it will have cabin and cargo space besting “rivals in the segment,” according to the company.
The interior is a big departure compared to the previous installment, with a new dashboard with a tablet-style screen for the infotainment system, as well as a digital display between the two circular instrument cluster dials. The automaker also promises “the latest in-car technology available to occupants,” so we’re probably looking at Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity. No details about powertrain options have been shared, though we’re pretty sure the lineup will include the 1.0-liter turbocharger, three-cylinder unit packing 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) and 120 hp (89 kW) versions.