This is the current generation Korean market Kia Morning (KDM name for Picanto), not the new one
The next generation Kia Picanto is set to be unveiled and go on sale internationally in 2011, and it’s probably going to be a real looking considering the designs that Kia’s design team headed by Peter Schreyer have been putting out recently. With Forte, the Forte Koup, the Sorento and the really sporty new Optima, all that’s left for Schreyer to update is the Picanto, the Rondo and the Rio. The new Picanto might end up looking like a miniaturised Kia Venga.
But that’s not all that’s interesting about the next generation Picanto – apparently it will feature an EV version as well as a “warm hatch” version. The word on the street is that Kia will be slotting in a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 litre engine that can make about 110 horses, which clearly puts cars like the Fiat Panda 100HP and the Ford SportKa in its sights.
The EV version will feature a 50kW electric motor powered by a lithium polymer battery, which is really no surprise considering it’s very likely that this is the same powertrain that sister brand Hyundai showcased in the Hyundai i10 EV that made its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. The electric i10 also used a 50kW motor and could travel up to 160km on a single charge and reach a top speed of 130km/h.
UPDATE: Contrary to the original article source at Just-Auto, Kia has responded to this story with the following statement – about the powertrain: we don’t have plans to provide an EV (Electric Vehicle) option or a turbo charged engine, yet.