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.
The all-new Kia Picanto is the newest member to join the energizing and stylish Kia family. Kia has made a gallant stride with the most recent creation of its smallest model. The personality of the car has been changed from "adorable" and "ladylike" into developed and robust, built to be an eye-catching icon on the high street, thanks to its handsome, sensual proportions and dynamic design language. It comes with a remarkable feeling of solidity and power which is highlighted by the bulky wheel arches and wide set alloy wheels.
Up front, the look of the Kia Picanto communicates an indistinguishable confident force and style as its larger siblings, the Venga and the Sportage, and offers with them a similar trademark 'tiger nose' grille. Kia Picanto's daylight running lights accentuate the high degree of design and premium innovation.
This daring front end is upheld by a firmly-etched and dynamic body which exemplifies the power and growth of the Kia Picanto and gives the car a genuine 'premium presence on the road. The solid body feature line along the flank conveys a dynamic pressure to the vehicle’s profile and flawlessly incorporates the exterior door handles. This is just another prime case of the meticulous design which will separate the new Picanto from its rivals.
Viewing from the rear, the new Kia Picanto's revolutionary design theme accentuates innovation, with its huge rear window framed by the distinctive rear lamp graphic and upheld by a solid deliberate bumper.