Not very long until the launch of the new Kia Picanto, it seems – distributor Naza Kia has opened a new teaser website for the car, and while it doesn’t specifically mention the name of the “compact” model, the sole image of the headlight confirms that we’re talking about the next-generation A-segment hatch.

Preliminary specifications of the new JA model have also been listed, and these include safety equipment such as six airbags, ABS, stability control and hill-start assist. That’s no surprise, given that the outgoing TA model already had these items as standard.

Also included are projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights and keyless entry, again all fitted to its predecessor. What is new is the seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines.

Although there were no mention of the powertrain on offer, expect the Picanto to soldier on with the same 1.25 litre four-cylinder as before – making 87 PS at 6,000 rpm and 122 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm – mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual was briefly offered on the previous model, but the low take-up rate means that it’s unlikely to make a return here.

During the preview of the new Picanto last month, Naza Kia announced that the car will be launched in the first quarter of next year, with sales advisors present hinting of a sub-RM60,000 price tag. That would be more or less identical to the previous model, which retailed at RM61,888 on-the-road with insurance. You can register your interest on the site here.

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