Available in Blaze Red or Bright Silver, the City features a signature red grille, 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, heated door mirrors and front fog lights.
Inside, you will find reversing parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, ambient LED lighting and what the Korean carmaker describes as a “Hollywood” style vanity mirror with three-stage illumination sequence. Bluetooth connectivity also comes as standard.
Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Assist Control, Cornering Brake Control and six airbags.
The Picanto City is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. It produces 99g/km of CO2 and delivers 67.3 mpg UK on the combined cycle, which make it exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge.
The new iteration of the Carens, which in its previous form was marketed worldwide under various nameplates, including the Rondo in the United States and Canada up until its demise in 2010, sports a fresh and far more modern design than the model it replaces.
The Pro_cee’d follows the introduction of the five-door hatchback and the Sportswagon estate and is anticipated to hit European showroom floors in the first half of 2013.
The new model isn’t simply a three-door version of the regular Cee’d as it sports a different design from the A-pillars and back including a more rakish roofline, heavily pronounced rear fenders, together with new lights and tailgate. In addition, there are new fog lamp surrounds and chrome strips that connect the grille to the lights up front.
On the other hand and aside from the differences in space, the interior revisions seem to be limited to the trim décor of the dashboard and door panels.
In Europe, the Korean crossover will be offered with three engines, all linked to a standard six-speed manual with a six-speed automatic being offered as an option.
These include a 148hp (150PS) 2.0-liter diesel, a revised version of the 2.2-liter turbodiesel R unit that continues to produce 195hp (197PS) but is now much cleaner emitting 153g/km of CO2, and a new 2.4-liter GDI petrol with direct-injection rated at 194hp (197PS) that replaces the 2.4L MPI unit with 172hp (174PS).
Kia said that in some international markets, the facelift version of the Sorento will continue to be offered with the 172hp 2.4-liter MPI and 276hp (280PS) 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engines.
Kia says that the Sorento’s chassis is new, by which it means that it designed a new subframe for the front and rear suspensions which themselves gain new bushings, longer trailing arms on the rear axle and heavy-duty shock absorbers.
There’s also a new variable ratio power steering system named “Flex Steer” that offers three self-explanatory modes named Comfort, Normal and Sport.