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SHORT AND SWEET: The all-new Picanto retains its compact dimension, but rides on an extended wheelbase.

Following on from the single image revealed at the start of 2011, Kia shares engine details and a first interior picture of the new generation Picanto.

The all-new car will be officially unveiled at March’s Geneva auto show, but Kia has conceded that 1.0 and 1.2-litre engines will provide the little car’s power.

The redesigned Picanto grows up too and, with its extended wheelbase, is expected to offer more comfort to its passengers and cargo space increased by 27%.

The new car will be offered for the first time with three- and five-door bodystyles and a choice of up to four all-new powertrains – of which the two petrol engines are likely to come to South Africa.


Although no specifics were released, power outputs will range from 50 to 63kW, while peak torque figures of between 94 and 121Nm can be expected.

“Regular models” in the lineup will, according to Kia, have CO2 emissions ratings ranging from 95 to 105g/km.

SHORT AND SWEET: The all-new Picanto retains its compact, small-car, dimensions but rides on an extended wheelbase.

Engines will be mated to a choice of four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions.

Kia’s new mini-car is seemingly unaffected by its size, since it will pack a number of features seen most often on larger sedans. These include smart key operation with button-start, LED running lights and up to seven airbags.

Kia South Africa has confirmed the new Picanto will be sold here from the second half of 2011. Kia SA is finalising the specification for models destined for South Africa, a company spokesman said.

Picanto will enjoy its global unveiling on March 1, 2011, at the Geneva auto show.

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