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All-new Kia Picanto revealed

Kia supermini is bigger and more efficient

2011 Kia Picanto

The new Kia Picanto will be a bigger supermini

Kia has released the first details of the new Picanto – the Korean carmaker’s next supermini.

The new Kia Picanto has grown in every direction for improved passenger comfort, and will be offered in sportier three-door guise for the first time.

New Kia Picanto: bigger and better?

Not only is the newer Kia Picanto longer than the car it replaces, the wheelbase has increased, too.

This is good news for both ride quality and interior space, and is a trait shared with the Hyundai i10 – which donates its platform to the new Kia. However, while the Hyundai i10 and the current Picanto are only available with five doors, Kia plans to offer the new Picanto as a three-door as well.

This will apparently feature sportier looks in an effort to appeal to younger buyers, a difference also seen in the company’s existing Cee’d and Pro Cee’d models.

2011 Kia Picanto

Sharper styling sets the 2011 Kia Picanto apart from the current model

Sculpted design

That said, the five-door Picanto pictured here is hardly a wallflower – especially in bright green.

Kia 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.”

None of which appears to be designer-speak for whacking on a huge front bumper, but nonetheless. Plenty of the latest Kia design cues are present and correct, including the shape of the headlights and front grille.

Read our review of the current Kia Picanto

Sub-100g/km CO2 promised

Under the bonnet, UK-market Picantos will be powered by either 1.0- or 1.2-litre petrol engines.

Kia is aiming for class-leading emissions figures, and will certainly offer a sub-100g/km CO2 car-tax-exempt version. A spokesman confirmed that Kia’s ISG (Idle Stop & Go) stop-start system is also being considered for the new supermini.

The all-new Kia Picanto will be unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March 2011. More details – including pricing – will follow nearer this time.

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