2012 Picanto gets a 3-door variant for the first time in the model's history. The 3-door Picanto is meant to be a sportier version of the standard 5-door hatch variant.

Kia UK has announced the new 3-door Picanto model.

The Ford-ish looking Picanto gets a little sportier with this 3-door hatch variant, the first ever Picanto in this body-style. The main grill is bigger than on the standard 5-door model and the front bumper has been reshaped to make the car look wider and lower.

The 3-door Picanto also comes with its own color schemes and trim structure to better distinguish the variant as a sportier model.

The 2012 Picanto 3-door hatch goes on sale in the United Kingdom on September 1st.

Prices start at £7,795.

See the press release below for full details.

Gallery: Kia launches 3-door Picanto