Kia Picanto: more details
24th January, 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 per cent 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-litre, three-cylinder Kappa engine (petrol, flex fuel and
bi-fuel) and a single 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol Kappa power unit – depending on individual
Power outputs will range from 51 to 63 kW, 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-litre engine will generate 60 kW and 94 Nm of
torque. Fuel economy will range from 4.2 to 5.9 litres per 100 km, contributing to lower running
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 litres per 100
The engines will be matched to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
transmissions, depending on market.
New Kia 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
The next generation Picanto will make its global premiere in Switzerland during March at the
2011 Geneva Motor Show.
There are currently no plans to release the new Kia Picanto in Australia.