The next-generation Kia Picanto city car has been shot undisguised, as this photo published by our friends at IndianAutosBlog shows.
The new picture comes a few days after Kia revealed a handful of official rendered images of the next Picanto (see below), showing a more mature, yet edgy, offering with a much more upmarket cabin.
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.
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-light 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.
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.
The current Kia Picanto has been around since 2011, though it only arrived in Australia this year, in single-spec auto-only guise priced at a razor sharp $14,990 drive-away. It's managed 1526 sales for 16.5 per cent market share, behind only the Mitsubishi Mirage and Holden Spark.
The new model will arrive locally in the first half of 2017, a little after the brand new Rio, in what promises a substantial assault on the light car market from the fast-growing Korean brand.
H/t to IndianAutoBlog, linked at top of story