Kia has released a set of sketches that preview the new Picanto hatchback. A rival to cars like the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10, the new Kia will be revealed in its latest avatar at the Geneva Motor Show in March, before sales commence internationally.
The images reveal a front end featuring intricate LED headlights that incorporate the grille accents into their design, while the rear looks conventional. In addition to the hatchback’s smart design, Kia says that it will offer a range of personalization options on the Picanto. Its simple interior features, a prominent free-standing touchscreen infotainment system and the production car is expected to get a raft of new tech and safety features.
Kia Motors, a part of the Hyundai Motor Group, has been planning to enter India for some time, and is expected to launch its first car hem in 2019. The automaker is currently identifying a location for its first factory here. While Kia hasn’t decided its line-up for India, it wants to adopt a ‘top-down’ strategy here. This means launching high-end products first and bringing affordable models later, once the distribution network is established. Kia will try and mirror Hyundai’s model range and the new Picanto will be one of its key models for India.