Kia unveiled its new bi-fuel Picanto LPG at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Kia Picanto LPG is powered by a special version of the carmaker three-cylinder 1.0-liter Kappa engine that provides up to 67 PS of output and 90 Nm of torque. The new Picanto LPG boasts of being able to provide lower running costs than conventional Picanto petrol models.
In fact, this new model -- in LPG mode -- is expected to have fuel economy numbers of 5.8 liters per 100 km and carbon dioxide emissions of 100 g/km. Kia Picanto LPG equipped with automatic stop-start (ISG) could return numbers of 5.6 l/100 km and 97 g/km. The new Picanto LPG features two fuel tanks – a regular 35-liter gasoline tank in the regular position ahead of the rear axle and a 27-liter pressurized LPG tank placed under the trunk floor, occupying the space previously reserved for the spare wheel.
This bi-fuel car allows drivers to switch from gasoline to LPG, and vice-versa, on a push of a button on the dashboard. The left-hand drive Kia Picanto LPG model will initially be available in Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands. The Picanto LPG will be the first and only LPG-powered car offering a seven-year, 150,000-km warranty. [source: Kia]