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Despite its face having already been plastered across the internet, a trio of new teaser sketches for the upcoming 2017 Kia Picanto has been released online.

As with the larger new Rio that came before it, this sketch hints at hot-hatch looks. But, as always, that will prove to be more the wishful thinking of its designer than any sort of genuine preview.

It is clear however that we can expect the new Picanto to debut as a shrunken version of its Rio sibling, with the familiar ‘tiger nose’ grille stretched between large LED-highlighted headlights that reach back towards the sloping A-pillars.

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The profile borrows much from the larger Rio, with a simple and subtle look, while the rear of the new Picanto will build on its predecessor’s hooked tail-lamp design.

That theme continues into the cabin, where the Picanto will feature a Rio-like ‘floating’ look for its main display screen – still a popular trend across the market. Two horizontal vents will feature below, while additional tall vents will appear at either of the dash.

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Further details on the new Picanto are still to come, although it has been reported that we could see little hatch pick up the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine offered with the Rio.

Watch for more to come in the months ahead.

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