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Four super-efficient engines for next generation Kia Picanto January 24th, 2011

Kia customers will benefit from the next generation Picanto’s greatly reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy when the company’s latest A-segment hatchback goes on sale around the world later this year.

Making its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, new Picanto has been redesigned and re-engineered with stand-out styling that conveys a sense of solidity and maturity. Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase, new Picanto promises more passenger comfort and 27% increased cargo space. Offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles, it is set to completely redefine its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in the global ‘city car’ A-segment.

Buyers of new Picanto will be presented with a choice of four all-new super-efficient 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.

Power outputs will range from 69 to 85 ps, with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm. 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 and 94 Nm of torque. Fuel economy will range from 4.2 to 5.9 liters per 100 km, contributing to lower running costs.

In Europe, all models will be available with Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG 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.

The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on market.

New Picanto is destined to be a highly competitive newcomer in the A-segment. As well as offering new levels of powertrain efficiency, it boasts a distinctive exterior, sophisticated interior, and numerous ‘large car’ advanced comfort and safety features like LED daytime running lights, button-start with smart key, grip-type outside door handles and six or seven airbags, depending on region. The new Picanto will also maintain Kia’s reputation for delivering great value.

The next generation Picanto will make its global premiere on the Kia Stand (Number 6441, in Hall 6) on March 1, the opening press day of the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show.

  • I am curious what is the secondary fuel in the 1.0L Bi-Fuel Kappa engine. I’m in the US market I know this vehicle is not sold her but I am curious. Excellent looking A-seg vehicle though!

  • @ Tyler

    Thank you for your comment on Kia BUZZ. The alternative fuel is LPG. The Kappa engine will run by LPG and in urgent situation, you can switch the fuel with only ‘push a button’ to Gasoline.

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  • Thank you for the reply I really hope some of the LPG tech in Kia’s Euro and Asian market vehicles make it into US production vehicles. As usual thanks for a quick response!

  • Lynn

    Can I know whether when it will launch in Malaysia ?

  • Lynn

    Can I know whether when it will launch in Malaysia ?

  • Lynn

    Can I know whether when it will launch in Malaysia ?

  • Sowapl

    We want this engine – 1.0L with LPG in POLAND!!

  • Jvl

    Can you please also explain what is a flex fuel engine ?

  • @ Jvl,

    Flex fuel is alternative fuel for gasoline engine, usually it is Ethanol. Since oil price rise up rapidly, bio-ethanol is considered as alternative fuel for internal combustion engine. Here’s more info you can find from Wikipedia. (

    Hope this is helpful to your curiosity. :-)

  • esp

    If LPG-powered version (bi-fuel), which I persume is targeted at the most provident clients, has 82 PS, why Kia plans to introduce 69 PS version? What client would like to have car with such weak engine, if he can get cheaper-in-use version LPG-powered (also less CO2 ratio)?

  • There are 2 things that stand out. One obviously is the fact that newer emission technologies are cleaner and the CO2 yield per Km. is going down significantly. If you look at the desired levels on new Picanto models, you will get to understand what I am talking about.

    The other thing is that with a 69 PS model, I believe Kia is just trying to expand its market and look for customers who are definitely mileage conscious. You won’t be surprised to find out that more people will be looking to get fuel-efficient cars rather than power-hungry vehicles. It is all about daily commute and the throttle you can hit on your ride to office & back home.


  •  for this new picanto, i wanna know how far can it go for one litre of fuel?

  •  how far can it go for 1L of fuel?