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The new Kappa 1.0 MPI 3-cylinder engine with class leading fuel efficiency and performance March 24th, 2011

The all-new Picanto has been born with higher performance and a new design characteristic. The new Picanto is a result of the efforts made to keep up with recent trends in the automotive industry, especially in terms of environmental friendliness, economy and performance. Let’s take a look at the Kappa 1.0 MPI 3-cylinder engine.

The new Picanto comes with the new Kappa 1.0 3-cylinder MPI engine, which was newly developed for the next generation of small cars. It has class leading efficiency and performance among 1.0L engines.

The new Kappa 1.0 3-cylinder MPI engine features a maximum output of 69ps (European standard), a maximum torque of 9.7kgf•m (European standard), fuel efficiency 4.2L/100km (base), 4.1L/100km (Eco-Dynamic), and a CO2 emission rate of 99g/km (base), 95g/km (Eco-Dynamic). Compared to the pevious Picanto (Epsilon 1.0 MPI European Standards), its maximum output rose by 11 percent, maximum torque by 9 percent and fuel efficiency by 15 percent. Its CO2 emissions dropped up to 17 percent.

The new Picanto also includes new technologies, such as the ISG system (Idle Stop and Go System) and Dual CVVT, which has been applied to a small car for the first time in the world. With these new technologies, it not only has outstanding performance and fuel efficiency, but it also is very competitive in regards to green technology, as it is in line with reinforced exhaust gas regulations.
(※ Epsilon 1.0 MPI European standards – 62ps/8.9kg.m, 4.8L/100km, 114g/km)

The new Kappa 1.0 3-cylinder MPI engine, which also features various cutting-edge technologies, optimizes the intake/exhaust port to reduce pneumatic resistance, and maximizes induction efficiency. It also improves both performance and fuel efficiency by using the variable intake/exhaust valve timing mechanism, which adjusts the timing of the intake/exhaust valve according to the engine revolution and load, and the variable induction system (VIS), which adjusts the induction path according to the engine rev count to increase the output.

Additionally, the new Picanto’s ‘ISG system,’ improves economical fuel efficiency. The system automatically stops the engine at an intersection or when the car needs to stop and immediately starts the engine when the driver wants to drive the car again.

Here’s a video that introduces Kappa engine’s new high-technologies. Enjoy!

  • KiaFan

    Thanks for your great work, Kia Engine Design Team! I have a couple of questions about the new Kappa 1.0 3-cylinder engine.
    Firstly, from the Korean Kia homepage, the power of the 1.0 gasoline engine is 82ps/6400rpm, but the fuel efficiency is 4.5L/100km (22km/L) and the CO2 emission is 106g/km for the manual transmission. Is it a different version (MPI?) from the export one?
    Secondly, from the video and the Geneva Motor Show 2011, it’s marvellous to hear about the advancement of Kappa engines! Will the Kappa TCI (turbocharger) engine (110ps/137Nm) together with the CVT transmission be fitted to Kia Picanto/Morning from June 2012?
    Thanks once again!

  • Can KIA BUZZ make some responses please?! I’ve been talking to the air for months!! If you haven’t got the answers yet, just reply the progress please! If this is still a living blog, why is there only ‘one-way traffic’ most of the time?! While the All-New Picanto is being launched globally, I’m sure many potential buyers are eager to know more about it! Thanks in advance!!