Kia Picanto to beat rising petrol prices
Five-door versions of the car will go on sale in late spring, while three-door models won't appear until the autumn.
It will come with a choice of four new 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol engines. The current 1.0-litre Picanto emits 114g/km of CO2 and doesn an average of 58.8mpg.
However Kia promises that some versions of the new Picanto, fitted with its ISG stop-start technology, will have CO2 emissions of 'between 90 and 100g/km'. So average fuel economy could be nearer 70mpg for some models.
The engines will be mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto gearbox.
The new Picanto will get big-car features such as LED lights, button-start with smart key and six or seven airbags, depending on model.
If you click on the More pictures link, you can see a photo of the new Picanto's interior for the first time.
The car will be unveiled on March 1 at the Geneva motor show.