The five-door hatchback features significantly different looks from the current model and will be offered in a three-door style for the first time, according to the Korean manufacturer.
The words behind the new Picanto are ‘bolder and more self confident’ and this translates into a car which includes plenty of new styling to the exterior.
As with all new Kia cars in recent years, Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer has oversaw the creation of the car, and the protruding grille, raised bonnet and bold lines down the flanks are all new features on the Picanto.
The low body moves the car closer to the ground, while a boxy rear end will allow more space for luggage in the compact car.
This space will be boosted further by the longer length in the 2011 model as the car is based on a longer wheelbase.
Peter Schreyer, said, “In profile, new Picanto features significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line. The result is a layering of light and shadow and this breaks up the height, giving the car a more sure-footed stance.”
Under the bonnet, Kia will introduce four new powertrains to the Picanto range, covering 1.0- and 1.2-litre petrol engines.
Kia has also revealed LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel models will be available in some markets where alternatively fuelled vehicles are popular. These models however, are not likely to be sold in the UK.
Details of trim levels have not been released and the interior of the model has not been revealed by Kia.
Full details will emerge closer to the Geneva Motor Show in March, where a full production version will be introduced.
A release date has not been set for the new Picanto, but the new city car is expected to be launched later in the year.