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Kia Picanto

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800

Kia is set to unveil its next generation Picanto city car at the Geneva motor show in March in the next step of its continual range overhaul.

As these first images show, the diminutive A-segment hatchback has been totally redesigned to give it what Kia describes as a 'bolder, more mature and more self-confident look'.

While the outgoing model's high H-point (and corresponding proportions) remain, its DRG has been brought further in-line with the rest of the Kia range, with Venga-referencing headlamp graphics, a 'tiger-nose' grille and a surprisingly dominant trio of faux air intakes.

"In profile, new Picanto features significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line," explains Kia's Chief of Design, Peter Schreyer. "The result is a layering of light and shadow and this breaks up the height, giving the car a more sure-footed stance."

While full details are yet to be released, the new model has grown in both overall length and wheelbase, while a three-door version will also be introduced alongside the five-door shown here.