GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Kia Picanto to feature all-new engine line-up
The model, which will be offered in a three-door version in Europe and the UK as well as the five-door, is longer than the previous version, and features an extended wheelbase, giving improved passenger room and a 27% increase in cargo space.
Across the globe, the Picanto will offer up to four all-new powertrains – three versions of the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Kappa engine (petrol, flex fuel and bi-fuel) and a single 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol Kappa power unit. The exact choice will depend on individual markets.
Power outputs will range from 69 to 85PS, with maximum torque between 94 and 121Nm. Exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that regular models in the new Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105g/km. The bi-fuel 1-litre engine will generate 82PS and 94Nm of torque. Some models will be available with Kia's ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100g/km and further improving fuel economy.
The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model.
Pricing for the UK and European markets will be announced closer to the launch date.