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Four new engines for next generation Kia Picanto

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.



Wow - a car name that sounds like a sauce for food. What's next...the Worcestershira? How about Tabasca? Or the Marinaro?


56 mpg (US) in Europe, and what, 38 mpg for the models delivered here in the US? But we do get cupholders large enough for a 128 oz. big gulp.


How about a cupholder for a 640 oz (5 gallon) bucket gulp?


Ziv... you could add seats for 350+ lbs local drivers and passengers.

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