Kia couldn’t wait until March to officially introduce its third-generation Picanto seeing as how the company has just released new official photos, revealing the interior and exterior of its best-selling car ahead of its public reveal at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Created by Kia’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, the new Picanto – revealed in Kia’s sports-inspired ‘GT-Line’ specification in the picture above – shows a more assertive stance through bolder body lines and subtly sculpted surfaces. A 15 mm-longer wheelbase (2,385 mm to 2,400 mm) pushes the wheels further out into each corner for a more confident appearance. Kia says the Picanto now comes in more vibrant than ever, with a choice of 11 bright paint options designed to make the car stand out.
Inside the cabin, there’s a new ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system located on the centre of the dashboard, making the latest in-car technology available to occupants. With the new Picanto, Kia will offers more personalisation options, with buyers able to choose from a range of colours for trim and upholstery.
Buyers of the all-new Picanto will also enjoy smarter packaging efficiency than ever before, with more cabin and cargo space than rivals in the segment. In spite of its extended wheelbase, the Picanto retains its characteristically compact dimensions. With a shorter front overhang and longer rear overhang, the all-new model is still the same length (3,595 mm) as the car it replaces.
Kia didn’t mention the engine lineup, but we’re sure the range will include the 1.0-liter turbocharged, three-cylinder unit of the brand in 100hp and 120hp flavors, while base models will likely receive naturally-aspirated units. A manual gearbox will be offered alongside automatic transmission, as shown in their previous teaser photos.
The all-new Picanto is expected to go on sale at the end of the third quarter of 2017.