Kia is betting on a larger cabin and more trunk space to help the new-generation Picanto compete against rivals in Europe's minicar segment.
Kia today released pictures of the car in its sporty looking GT-Line trim. "Buyers of the all-new Picanto will enjoy smarter packaging efficiency than ever before, with more cabin and cargo space than rivals in the segment," Kia said in a statement.
The Picanto competes against cars such as the Fiat Panda, VW Up, Hyundai i10 and Citroen C1.
The Picanto's new interior features a high-mounted "floating" 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system available on higher-spec models. Functions include smartphone mirrorlink and Apple CarPlay.
The size of the cabin is increased partly by stretching the wheelbase by 15mm to 2400mm, Kia said. However the car is no longer, measuring the same 3595mm as the outgoing model.
Technology available on the car includes radar-detected advance collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Rear parking assist with camera is also available on higher-spec cars.
The third-generation Picanto will be sold as a five-door model only, with the three-door version dropped due to lack of demand, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe last month when Kia released sketches of the car.