Kia has exclusively unleashed the first studio images of its next-generation Kia Picanto urban ride, which now benefits from more sporty, expressive and self-confident styling. Scheduled for debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2011, the newly revealed Picanto model has now received a completely re-engineered body that has grown in overall length and wheelbase for more comfort.

In comparison with the current Picanto, the new-generation mini will be offered not only as a five-door hatchback, but as a sporty three-door urban vehicle as well.

Under its hood, the 2012 Picanto will be available with a choice between four completely new power units in 1.0- and 1.2-liters displacements, all showcasing class leading CO2 emissions levels. In addition to petrol plants, LPG bi-fuel and flex fuel variations will be also offered depending on market.

Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer shared: "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."

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