Korean carmaker Kia has just revealed the all-new third-generation Picanto A-segment hatchback, before the car’s official global premiere at March’s Geneva motor show.
Kia starts on the right foot with the Picanto, designed in the company’s Korean and German studios, with a focus on classic proportions — the wheels have been pushed further outwards with a 150mm longer wheelbase, while the car retains the same total length of 3,595mm as the outgoing model. This has the added illusion of wider and lower bodywork, and with Kia’s new GT-Line ‘sports’ specification, it works well.
The new Picanto will go on sale in late 2017 as a 2018 model offering customers a wider array of exterior colours and interior options intended to make the car more personalisable. Kia is promising a host of standard equipment included, such as technical, convenience and safety features highlighted by the cabin’s pièce de résistance, a ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system.
Despite the exterior not growing, the Picanto offers more passenger and cargo space than before and goes as far as claiming best-in-class honours for roominess. When the Koreans officially unveil the car in Geneva we’ll have more news incoming regarding technical specifications and pricing. However, don’t expect revolutionary changes — the current second-generation car is sold in the GCC from Dh37,000 with a sole choice of an 86bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine.