Kia’s tiniest hatch hasn’t even been on sale in Australia for a year, but the current car was first launched in Europe back in 2011.
Revealed by online blog Kia World, the leaked image shows just the face of the new micro hatch, though you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at the recently-revealed 2017 Kia Rio.
Above: 2017 Kia Rio
The aggressive front is very similar to its larger sibling, with more angular headlights and larger air intakes - though these are largely cosmetic.
It appears the next-generation hatches could also preview the company’s next design direction for their next-generation passenger car range, which in Australia includes the Carnival, Cerato, Optima, Rondo and Soul.
Little else has been revealed thus far about the next-generation Picanto, though it’s likely the new model will feature an updated engine range - potentially the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder that will be available in the new Rio and is also offered in the Cee’d in Europe.
Above: 2016 Kia Picanto
Expect the new micro hatch to be revealed sometime early next year, before hitting Australian showrooms by the end of 2017.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Kia Picanto updates in the coming months.