Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.
The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.
Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.
Compared to its predecessor, the third-gen Picanto comes with new upper and headlight units similar to those found on the new generation Kia Rio. With the upper grille visually linked to the headlight units, a singular horizontal graphic is created making the third-gen Kia Picanto appear wider and more assertive.
Moreover, the new Picanto comes with a new lower grille with the two fog lights/daytime running lights integrated to the far lower corners while two large three-slatted air intakes can be found on side corners of the front bumper. The rear end of the new-gen Kia Picanto features new taillights, rear bumper and dual exhaust tips.
While the next-gen Picanto has retained the compact dimensions of its predecessor, it offers more interior room. This is thanks to the fact that Kia has increased the length of the wheelbase by 15 mm to 2,400 mm, thereby pushing the small car’s wheels further outwards. In addition, Kia shortened the front overhang and lengthened the rear overhang.
Judging from the recently released images, the third-gen Picanto features a newly designed interior that with smarter packaging and a more upmarket appearance. It is loaded with an array of comfort, convenience and safety features, including a new ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system with the latest in-car technology. Customers could personalize the cabin by choosing from an array of colors for trim as well as upholstery.
Kia is still tight-lipped about the engines that would be available for the new generation of the Picanto. However, we would be able learn more about that when Kia officially unveils the third-gen Picanto at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.