Kia to launch improved Picanto

Kia Motors has updated its Picanto with improved CO2 efficiency and fuel economy levels, offering motorists a new option in the low-cost driving segment.

The model, which will be unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, has a reduced CO2 emission of 95 to 105 g/km and a power output of between 69 to 85 ps with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm.

Britons can take advantage of some models featuring Kia's fuel-stretching ISG technologies, which reduces emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km and further improves fuel economy for those long trips mapped out on yourjourney planner.

The new range offers buyers across the world the choice of four super-efficient powertrains - one-litre three-cylinder Kappa engine in petrol, flex fuel and bi-fuel options and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol Kappa power unit. The bi-fuel 1-litre engine will generate 82 ps and 94 Nm of torque.

The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on model.

Improved comfort levels with an extended wheelbase, a 27% higher cargo space and a choice of five-door and three-door models will differentiate the new Picanto from its previous model.

The three-door model is expected to be available in the UK in the autumn.

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