|The new Kia Picanto. Click to enlarge.|
The new Kia Picanto, to make its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will offer four all-new powertrains—three versions of the 1-liter, three-cylinder Kappa engine (gasoline, flex-fuel and bi-fuel) and a single 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline Kappa power unit—depending on individual markets.
Engine power outputs will range from 69 to 85 ps (68-84 hp; 51-63 kW) , with maximum torque between 94 and 121 N·m (69 and 89 lb-ft). Exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that regular models in the new Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105 g/km. The bi-fuel 1-liter engine will generate 82 ps (81 hp; 60 kW) and 94 N·m (69 lb-ft) of torque. Fuel consumption will range from 4.2 to 5.9 liters per 100 km (40-56 mpg US).
In Europe, all models will be available with Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG (start-stop) technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km—so that every model qualifies for local emissions-based tax savings, where available—and improving fuel economy to a range of 4.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 km (42-57 mpg US).
The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on market.
The newly redesigned and re-engineered Picanto is longer than the previous model, and has an extended wheelbase; the A-segment car is also offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles. Picanto is due to go on sale around the world later this year.