Monday, January 24, 2011

Kia Details Engine Range and Releases First Interior Photo of New Picanto

Kia today revealed that its new Picanto city car, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Salon in March, will be available with a total of four-new engines. The South Korean automaker also released the first official picture of the car's interior and added that the Picanto will go on sale across Europe this Spring.
Buyers of the new Picanto will have a choice of up to four powertrains, with the exact choice depending on individual markets. The range includes 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 unit. The engines will be hooked up to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model.
Power outputs will range from 69HP to 85HP, with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm, with Kia revealing that the bi-fuel 1.0-litre engine will generate 82HP and 94 Nm of torque.

For the standard lineup, fuel economy will range from 4.2 to 5.9 liters per 100 km (39.9 mpg to 56 mpg US), and CO2 ratings from 95 and 105 g/km. Certain European models will also be available with Kia's ISG technologies that include a start-stop system, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km and further improving fuel economy.

Pricing and equipment details for the UK and European markets will be announced closer to the launch date, but Kia said that features like LED daytime running lights, button-start with smart key, and six or seven airbags, depending on model, will be available.

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