Images of the upcoming 2017 Kia Picanto have surfaced online, including shots of the new micro car’s interior.
Published on Korean website motorgraph the images show two heavily-disguised prototypes, but they do give an indication of the new Picanto’s size and shape – especially when compared to the current-generation.
The first set of pictures are in an underground carpark, and while little of the new car’s design is visible, we can see that it shouldn’t differ too much in terms of size and shape from the current car, which is also pictured above.
Inside, the new Picanto is again heavily-disguised, though a squircle-like air vent is visible as are some of the interior finishes and seat trim.
The second set of images show a similarly-camouflaged prototype in the snow, where we get a clearer view of both the exterior and interior.
Up front the new Picanto will be more square, and higher-spec models will get a new LED daytime-running light signature.
What is visible through the shrouds of black sheets is also consistent with the leaked image of the new Picanto’s face (above), indicating the new city runabout will sport a similar face to the recently-revealed Rio hatch that will arrive in Australia early next year.
At the back, however, the changes appear to be more subtle, with the upright tailgate and skinny tail-lights very similar to those on the current car.
Inside, the trims appear different to the other prototype – this is likely to be a European version – though we can see a new steering wheel and dashboard design.
It’s unknown what lives under the bonnet, but it’s likely the little Kia will get an updated version of the current 63kW/120Nm 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine.
While the current-generation Picanto has been on sale in Australia for only a year, it was first launched in Europe way back in 2011.
The new Kia Picanto is expected to debut in the coming months, before launching globally in the second half of 2017.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates in the coming months.
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