Geneva 2011 – Kia Picanto – rpmGo.com

Kia Picanto

Besides the fourth generation of the Rio model, Kia has also brought to Geneva the all-new Picanto. A first time for this model will be the availability of both a 3-door and a 5-door body style and according to the automaker; they expect that the first one will account for 33% of the sales.

Kia Picanto

Similar with all the recent models from Kia’s lineup, the new generation of the Picanto has a more expressive design, both inside and out, comparing it with its very dull predecessor. The overall length of the vehicle has increased by 60 mm, and it promises to offer more space thanks to the 15-mm longer wheelbase. These increases, along with an enhanced interior packaging, offer the new Picanto extra 36 mm leg room for the passengers in the front and 27% more trunk capacity, offering 200 liters to store your stuff.

Kia Picanto

The car will be available with eight different packages for the cabin, including here two brand new environment colors – alpine gray and ebony black, four cloth choices, along with two additional “premium” trim packages.

Kia Picanto

For the European market, the new Kia Picanto is going to be available with a 4-cylinder 1.25-liter power unit that outputs 85 hp and 121 Nm of torque, along with a tiny 3-cylinder 1.0-liter engine that produces 69 hp and 95 Nm for the gasoline engine and 82 hp / 94 Nm for the LPG / Gasoline Bi-Fuel variant. The latter features an LPG tank that has a 35-liter capacity and a gas tank that has a 10-liter capacity, allowing the owner to drive the car for up to 93 miles (150 km) after he uses all the LPG. All of these will come as standard with a traditional 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.2-liter 85 hp engine can be fitted with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Picanto

The standard models will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105 g/km and will be able to do 39.9 – 55.6 mpg (4.2 – 5.9 liters / 100 km). Just like the aforementioned Rio, the new Picanto will be available with the company’s Eco-Dynamics technologies: low-rolling resistance tires, upgraded starter motor, advanced alternator control and automatic start/stop), developed in order to reduce emissions to only 90-100 g/km and at the same time improve fuel economy, allowing the car to do 42 – 57.4 mpg (4.1 – 5.6 liters / 100 km).

Source: Carscoop

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