New Kia Picanto unveiled image

Kia has been completely unveiled the next generation Picanto, the supermini that will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March alongside witht the new Rio.

Compared to the old Picanto, the new Kia Picanto is completely new from the ground up – is longer, boasts a higher wheelbase and will be offered as a five-door or as a three-door hatchback.

2011 Kia Picanto – engines
2011 PICANTO WILL BE OFFERED WITH FOUR POWERTRAINS: a 1.0 and 1.2 petrol, both with what Kia calls ‘class-leading’ CO2 emissions. In addition to standard petrol engines, Kia says it will launch LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel variants.

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NEXT GENERATION PICANTO – THE SMALL CAR, GROWN UP

2012 Kia 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, 2012 Kia 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 2012 Kia 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.