It was just only a few days ago when Kia officially teased the third-generation Picanto, which will be unveiled early next year, with several sketches. Thanks to The Korean Car Blog, we now get to see the new car in the metal ahead of its planned debut.

Appearing very much like a carbon copy of the car seen in the sketches, the Picanto’s details such as the U-shaped LED DRLs, wide lower intake, slim “tiger nose” upper grille, circular fog lamps and faux side intakes are all here.

Other notable cues include the eight-spoke alloy wheels, as well as coloured accents on the faux side intakes that proceed down the sills of the car. Although there are no shots of the car’s rear or interior, one can safely assume that both will be identical to what we were shown earlier.

The former will feature reshaped taillights that are smaller than on the second-generation model (TA), a more aggressive-looking bumper with a “diffuser” element, more angular rear reflector/fog lamps and twin exhaust pipes.

As for the interior, expect the Picanto to be a little more upmarket than before, where there is a dual-tier dashboard with the floating head unit curiously-shaped corner air-con vents and a three spoke steering wheel.

Under the hood, the Picanto should retain the current 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.2 litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated Kappa II engines, as well as a 1.0 litre three-pot Kappa TCI turbo. The existing four-speed automatic, five-speed manual and CVT transmissions should also be carried over.