Kia has released the first official pictures of the Picanto, which joins the growing number of sporty city cars with a GT-Line spec

The 2017 Kia Picanto has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

For the first time in the Picanto's lifespan, the city car will gain a sportily-styled GT-Line trim, which will be available from the car's launch shortly after the Geneva show, in spring.

The Picanto will only be offered as a five-door model, following in the footsteps of its Rio supermini sibling, as the slower-selling three-door struggled to find customers in the current generation Picanto. 

No word has been given on engines, but many are expected to be carried over from the previous model, albeit with tweaks for efficiency and lower emissions. A 99bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged triple petrol engine is expected to be carried over from the new Rio, as is a 1.25-litre petrol. It's not known if a diesel will be offered in the new Picanto - but it'd be a first in the UK for the city car. 

Kia has confirmed that the new Picanto has shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, and is pitched at a younger market with sportier styling and higher levels of available personalisation than before, including contrasting-colour trim on the interior and exterior.

As seen in the preview sketches, the interior features a dominant central infotainment touchscreen mounted high on the dash, with fewer buttons. Kia previously confirmed that a raft of technology and safety features new to the Picanto will feature.

It's highly likely that the Picanto will follow the numerical trim levels of other Kias, with 1 being the entry-level car and 5 being the range-topper. The GT-Line will be priced similarly to 5 spec cars. Kia has not offered any official details on specs, aside from the confirmation of the GT-Line. 

A small jump in price is expected, so we anticipate a starting price of around £9000.

Our Verdict

Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is a mature and likeable city car capable of challenging the class’s best

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4 January 2017

That is an angry looking car...

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