2011 Geneva Preview: First photos, details on the 2011 Kia Picanto

Prior to its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, Kia today released the first official photos and details on the 2011 Picanto.

“In profile, new Picanto features significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line,” Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, said. “The result is a layering of light and shadow and this breaks up the height, giving the car a more sure-footed stance.”

The 2011 Kia Picanto has been completely redesigned and re-engineered and has grown in overall length and wheelbase. The lineup will features four new powertrains ranging from 1.0L and 1.2L displacements. In addition to gasoline engines, LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel versions will also be available depending on the market.

Check out the press release after the jump.

Press Release:

  • New Picanto to be offered in two body styles with four all-new powertrains
  • Production vehicle to be revealed at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Kia Motors Corporation has released the first official photos of the next generation Picanto city car boasting a bolder, more mature and more self confident look.

Completely redesigned and re-engineered, the new car has grown in overall length and wheelbase and is set to redefine its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in its segment.

While the current Picanto is available only as a five-door hatchback, the next generation version will be offered as a five-door globally but a sportier three-door body style will also be made available in the UK and European markets.

The new Picanto will feature four all-new powertrains in 1.0- and 1.2-litre displacements, all boasting class leading CO2 emissions levels. In addition to the standard petrol engines, LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel variations will be available depending on local market requirements.

The next generation Picanto will receive its official unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday March 1 2011.

The exact timing of the car’s arrival in the UK market is yet to be decided.

– By: Zain Haq