The 1.0-liter MPI will act as the base engine, offering 66 horsepower (49 kilowatts) and 70 pound-feet (96 Newton-meters) of torque. Move up from there and a 1.25-liter engine is offered with 83 hp (61 kw) and 89 pound-feet (122 Newton-meters) of torque. Both engines have adopted a new cooling system and shut-off valves similar to the top-of-the-range 1.0-liter turbo unit.
With a new design and a range-topping GT Line trim (pictured here), the Picanto is said to bring “youthful and energetic character to the A-segment.” The look was penned by design teams in Namyang, South Korea, and Frankfurt, Germany, and gains a 15-millimeter (0.59-inch) longer wheelbase accented by shorter overhangs, giving it a sportier appearance overall.
Prices for the new Picanto are yet to be revealed though industry observers expect them to be close to the current car’s, starting at around £9,000 and also boasting Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
In addition to the 15mm wheelbase extension mentioned above, the Picanto’s dashboard has also been moved up 15mm, giving more leg and kneeroom up front. Buyers will be able to specify four or five seats and a central armrest plus extensive interior storage will also feature. Kia is claiming best-in-class boot space of 255 litres (a 55-litre improvement on the old Picanto) and when you drop down the 60:40 split-folding rear seats, a total of 1,010 litres is freed up.