Kia introduced the new Kia Picanto for testing

Kia introduced the new Kia Picanto for testing

January 11, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Kia Picanto was spotted in camouflage in Sweden.

The current Kia Picanto went on sale in its current form from the first months of 2017, and now, after three years, the South Korean manufacturer begins work on an updated version. These spy photos taken in northern Sweden show a disguised prototype of the revised Picanto, and we must admit that we are surprised at the amount of disguise that this test car wears.

The shape and size of the hatchback, obviously, remain unchanged, but the additional hiding in the front suggests that these are likely to be not small changes. Our spy photographers report that we would expect an updated front panel, while the back should be almost unchanged compared to today’s model. In addition to all the changes, look for new body colors and rims, as well as additional settings.

When it entered the market in 2017, Picanto received three gasoline engines that are still available in most countries – a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine with a naturally aspirated engine, as well as a 1.25-liter NA four-cylinder engine. We do not expect any changes on this front, but the word on the street is a completely electric version of the model that can be imagined with the updated Picanto. Nothing has been confirmed so far, but Kia’s chief operating officer for Europe, Emilio Herrera, recently announced that Picanto EV should happen “sooner or later.” We hope that we will receive more detailed information soon.

Regarding conventional options with an internal combustion engine, we expect them to make their debut by the end of this year or even at the beginning of 2021, given the current Kia car repair cycle from 3.5 to 4 years.