Kia Picanto: more details
4th January, 2011
- Next generation offered in two body styles with four all-new powertrains
- Production vehicle to be revealed at 2011 Geneva Motor Show
The next Kia Picanto city car will offer 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 neither ruled it in or out
for local introduction.
“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
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
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 Motor Show, in Switzerland,
in March when further technical specifications will be available.