Kia innovates with new Picanto
Responding to growing customer demand for small cars with low running costs and emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel model to its Picanto range. The new Picanto model will be available with a choice of LX or EX equipment levels and five-door or three-door bodystyles – just like other models in the Picanto line-up.
Initially, the bi-fuel model will be available in Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands – where it expected to account for up to 7 per cent of Picanto sales.
Picanto LPG is powered by a special version of Kia’s threecylinder 1.0 litre Kappa engine which produces 49kW and 90 Nm of torque.
To process LPG the engine is fitted with an additional fuel system featuring a solenoid valve, vaporiser (which turns the liquid LPG into a gas by reducing its pressure by 0.7 Bar), a gas filter and an injector module.
The new Picanto LPG is fitted with two fuel tanks – the regular 35 litre gasoline tank and a 27 litre pressurised LPG tank. Drivers can switch from gasoline to LPG by pressing a button on the dashboard.
The 3.6 m long Picanto remains an extremely practical car. On the outside, overall vehicle length increased by 60 mm, and the wheelbase grew by 15 mm, yet it weighs up to 10 kg less than its predecessor – depending on model.
Safety equipment will include up to seven airbags, ESC electronic stability control, HAC hill-start assist control, and ‘active’ front seat head restraints to protect against whiplash injury in a rear impact.
The Kia Picanto achieved a four-star safety rating in EuroNCAP crash tests.
For a full rundown on the Picanto or any other Kia vehicles, call into Thompson Kia, Benalla road Shepparton. Or call Gary on 58222 666.
Kia is introducing a bi-fuel model to its Picanto range
The new Picanto LPG is fitted with two fuel tanks – the regular 35 litre petrol tank and a 27 litre pressurised LPG tank