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Latest on the 2017 Kia Picanto

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2017 Kia Picanto

Shots of the new Kia Picanto reveal more space and a sportier nose inspired by the Rio.

An image showing the new Kia Picanto reveals that it will boast a new sporty front end when it makes its expected appearance at the Geneva Motor Show early next year. The 2017 Kia Picanto is believed to be scheduled to go on sale later in the year in the UK.

Also on the cards for the third-generation Kia Picanto is more space, together with a sportier look than its Hyundai i10 sibling. The leaked images make it clear that Kia plans to maintain the distinction between the Picanto and the Hyundai thanks to a new gaping front grille, chrome detailing and beefy front bumper.

Kia Rio inspiration for the Picanto

The front-end seems to be inspired by updates for the Kia Rio with its substantial blacked out front lower grill and its extra, thinner grille which extends between the bottom of each headlight. The leaked images also show that the Rio’s fog light clusters seem to have made it onto the Picanto, although square lights are being used instead of the circular variants found on the Rio.

Spy shots have also been taken of the five-door Kia Picanto out testing and, whilst the finer details are being kept hidden by the prototype model’s heavy disguise, the new car seems to be of a similar size to the second-generation Kia Picanto, although a slight increase in width and length is expected.

The Picanto goes upmarket

The size increase should mean a little more boot and passenger space and the interior is also expected to benefit from a neater-looking, redesigned dash with a centre console and reduced button count. A spy shot of the interior also indicates that the new Kia Picanto could benefit from higher-quality materials in the cabin. This latest Kia model is expected to have seats which look a little more upmarket, thanks to their part-leather construction. However, it is expected that these will only be available in the top-specification versions.

Engines and transmission

Five-speed manual transmission has been spotted in the 2017 Kia Picanto and it is believed that there will also be an automatic version. The power, meanwhile, is probably going to be provided by the same engines fitted in the current i10. These are a 1.0-litre 65bhp three-cylinder unit and a 1.25 litre four-cylinder engine offering 85bhp. There may also be some crossover between the engine choices on offer with the Picanto and those available with the Kia Cee’d.

A major selling point for the Kia Picanto when it arrives next year is likely to be its fuel economy and low emissions. This should give the newcomer some kudos in the hugely competitive city car class.

It’s price tag of upwards of £8,500 is also likely to give it a fighting chance thanks to its competitiveness with rivals such as the Hyundai i10, the upcoming Ford Ka+, the Skoda Citigo and the VW up! It is suspected, however, that the 2017 Kia Picanto may only be available as a five-door hatch when it is launched.

Background on the Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto city car has been produced by its South Korean maker since 2004. It goes by the name of the Kia Morning in other markets such as Chile, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. The first generation was also known the Kia EuroStar when sold on the Korean market and the Naza Picanto or Naza Suria in Malaysia. In Vietnam, it is known as the Kia New Morning.

The Picanto is built at a plant run by both Kia and Donghee in South Korea, whilst in Poland it is one of the official race cars in the Kia Lotos Race organisation, which was set up by Grupa Lotos and Kia Motors Polska.

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