Kia has unveiled the third-generation Picanto city car to take on the new Holden Spark.
The new pint-sized hatch will replace the current generation which has only been on sale locally for a short while but has been offered globally since 2011.
A heavily revised front end spearheads the exterior changes with the current Picanto's cute, conservative and simple look replaced with a more aggressive and busy face.
A large front grille with two foglights is flanked by two smaller grilles along with a long, thin grille above which links the two headlights, all of which adds up to a rather interesting face that would look more at home on a larger hot hatch than a simple point-A-to-B city car.
Kia has also increased the wheelbase by 15mm - while maintaining the same length - which should translate into a more spacious interior than the current offering.
The interior has also been given a once over with a new floating touchscreen the main drawcard along with leather accented seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel which belies its cut-price position.
Kia hasn't revealed which engines will be available in the new Picanto, but the best bet is the brand's 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engines.
Kia may also go with just an auto-only option like the current generation.
The new Picanto will have its official debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March with local sales commencing in the second quarter of 2017.