2012 Kia Picanto review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 , 02:01:42 byVeronica

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Kia Picanto

Offering a more self confident look, looking more mature and bolder, new Kia Picanto pleases its fans with the very first photos, thus redefining its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in the segment. Growing in overall length and wheelbase, it has been re-engineered and redesigned, featuring significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line. The car receives a more sure-footed stance due to a layering of light and shadow, thus beaking up the height. Although it has not been sold in Australia, the door is open regarding this aspect, as the car is all-new and makes a lot of sense as a business.
Boasting class leading CO2 emissions levels, Kia Picanto's powertrains will incorporate 1.0 and 1.2-liter displacements, adding LPG bi-fuel and flex fuel variations depending on the market.
The new generation will be available in two body styles, 5-door and 3-door, while the current generation is ofered only as a five-door hatchback. Further specifications will be made in March, at the Geneva salon, where Kia Picanto is scheduled to have its debut.

Next generation Kia Picanto - a design that's small but grown-up

  • Kia releases first official photos of 'mature' and 'sculpted' new model
  • Next generation 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, which now offers 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, 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."

Picanto has never been sold in Australia but Kia Motors Australia has not shut the door on the latest generation.

"While there are no immediate plans to bring Picanto to Australia we have been, and will continue, to look at opportunities in areas in which we do not currently compete," Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Mr Tony Barlow, said. "The Picanto now has the advantage of being an all-new car and if it makes sense as a business case then it is certainly not off the agenda."

While the current Picanto is available only as a five-door hatchback, the new generation version will be offered as a five-door globally while a sportier three-door body style will also be marketed in Europe.

The new 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 petrol engines, LPG bi-fuel and flex fuel variations will be available depending on market.

The next generation Picanto will be officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March when further technical specifications will be available.