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2017 Kia Picanto revealed, sporty GT-Line confirmed

January 4, 2017

Kia has revealed the cute new Picanto compact car ahead of its public debut at the Geneva show in March. And on first impressions, it looks like it could be a fun little car.

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Previewed a few weeks, the new Picanto showcases a rather sporty design, with its trademark tiger nose grille, a neat little trio of grilles lower down, leaving a poor sad face in the middle.

This model shown features the GT-Line package which Kia is introducing more and more on its showroom models. It brings the red highlights for the front clusters and side sill trimmings, along with a spiffy rear diffuser and twin exhausts.

Kia says the new model uses a 15mm longer wheelbase, with the front and rear axles pushed further outward for a more confident appearance. Overall the length remains at 3595mm.

Inside, the 2017 Picanto gets a “floating” touch-screen interface packaging in the latest in-car technology. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are expected to be on offer, at least for the upper variants, and you can see sat-nav will be available too.

Details regarding the engine haven’t been disclosed, however, the current model is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder producing 63kW and 120Nm. This is backed by an older-style four-speed auto. Tare mass is rated at just 885kg, with this new model likely hitting similar figures.

In a statement, Kia Australia confirmed the new model will go on sale locally during the second quarter of this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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