Though much of the Volkswagen Up rival's bodywork is covered, the car's overall profile appears broadly similar to today's model, which has been on sale since 2013. Expect evolutionary design changes for the finished car, with detailing inspired by newer models such as the Kona.
A view of the inside of this prototype reveals little of the car's interior, which is covered from view. The Korean brand is likely to boost perceived quality and introduce more advanced technology, including greater connectivity features, wireless phone charging and more active safety systems on top models.
Space isn't likely to increase significantly, as the current i10 is only fractionally shorter than the latest Kia Picanto, with which the new model will share its platform and mechanicals. Engines are expected to include the familiar 1.0-litre three cylinder and 1.2-litre four cylinder naturally aspirated petrol units, with a turbocharged 1.0-litre triple likely to make its way over from the range-topping Picanto.
Further details are thin on the ground, but expect prices to rise slightly to reflect the improvements and changing markets. We'll see more details closer to the i10's reveal next year.