The new generation Kia Picanto is going to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but before that the Korean company released more details on the car and a picture from its interior. The redesigned and re-engineered Picanto is larger than the model it replaces and also comes with four highly efficient new powertrains.
Although the 2012 Picanto still looks very compact and resolutely small, but it’s much roomier inside for the passengers and also offers 27% increased cargo space. Kia says the new Picanto has large car comfort and convenience, which to be honest is a big claim. The A-segment global city car is offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles.
2012 Kia Picanto is also in tune with the time, getting four all-new super-efficient powertrains. The lineup includes three versions of the 1-liter, three-cylinder Kappa engine, a bi-fuel engine that can run on gasoline and flex fuel. There’s also a 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline Kappa power unit for some of the markets the new Picanto will be offered in.
Those three-cylinder models has power outputs ranging from 69 to 85 ps, with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm. That’s not very good of course, but in return 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.
To comply with European emissions standard all Picantos that go on sale in the green continent will feature Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km, and fuel consumption to 4.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 km. That has obvious tax benefits as well.