Kia has pulled the covers off of its all-new Picanto and it is radically different from the one that you and I know. With its sportier and more confident design, it will take the fight straight to Chevrolet’s new Spark in the “I’m trying to be funky” city car fight club.

Kia Picanto

The new Kia will be revealed in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, and by then we should have more pictures and more detailed information on the new car, which will also be offered as a three-door variant on the European market. This Picanto’s newfound maturity is not just at face value, the completely redesigned and re-engineered car has grown both in wheelbase and overall length, a move that Kia reckons will give it a far more competitive edge in the A-segment.

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It also features four all-new engines, ranging between 1.0- and 1.2-litres in displacement and all are said to boast class-leading CO2 emissions levels. While the standard engines will be petrol powered, certain markets will also get LPG, bio-fuel and fuel-flex variations.

The exact timing of the Nigerian launch has yet to be confirmed, but Kia would do well to get it here before this year is out – it sure looks like a winner in the making, feelers coming from Kia lovers were an all-time happy state. Adeyemi, a businessman in Ogba has this to say “I’ve thought of buying a Kia for a long time. But because the previous model had been around for some time I thought I’d wait – and that suited my pocket as well! This new Kia is a beauty. Can’t wait to see it real appearance” while Miss Ogechi Duruocha, a beautician said this is impressive! Well done Kia – please release at a fair price. Wow.

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