Kia in­no­vates with new Picanto

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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

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