The re-designed city car is longer than the previous model with an extended wheelbase, resulting in better comfort and a 27% increase in cargo space. It’s offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles, with the three-door not arriving in the UK until the autumn.
Across the globe, buyers of new Picanto will have a choice of up to 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. The exact choice will depend on individual markets.
Power outputs will range from 69 to 85 ps, 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 82 ps and 94 Nm of torque. Fuel economy for all of the engines is also improved.
In the UK, some models will be available with Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km and further improve fuel economy.
The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model.