New Kia Picanto sketched ahead of Geneva reveal

Kia has flagged up the 2011 launch of its second generation Picanto with these official sketches of the new supermini.
Set to be unveiled in production guise at the Geneva auto show in March, the new Picanto was styled at Kia's German based design studio under the guise of Peter Schreyer - the former Audi design boss widely credited with lifting the appearance and appeal of the Korean car maker's latest models, including the Koup, Sportage and Optima - the latter two of which this week picked up the prestigious iF product design award.
The new Picanto will share the same front-wheel drive platform as parent company Hyundai's new critically acclaimed i10. Engines are set to include 1.2 and 1.4-litre four-cylinder gasoline units along with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel.

Further sketch, including rear view, after the jump . . .

The first generaiton Kia Picanto (above) to be replaced by all-new, more contemporary
looking model previewed in the Korean car maker's official sketch (top) in 2011

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