2012 Kia Picanto To Be Offerd With 1.0L & 1.2L Kappa Engines

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After releasing first official images of its brand-new city car, Kia Motors today announced further details regarding the new Picanto, including the engine and transmission options to be offered in Europe.

Kia Picanto buyers across the globe will be able to choose from four fuel-efficient engines.

There’ll be three versions of Kia’s 1.0L three-cylinder Kappa engine and one 1.2L four-cylinder Kappa engine available. The first three are basically the same one-litre unit running on petrol, biofuel or a mixture of the two, while the 1.2L only runs on petrol.

The 2012 Kia Picanto engine outputs will range from 69 to 85 horsepower, while torque numbers will vary from 94 to 121 Nm.

In the official press release, Kia also revealed engine exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that regular models in the new Kia Picanto range will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105 grams per kilometer.

Kia’s fuel-stretching Idle Stop & Go technology, which will also be available on some Picanto models, will further cut the CO2 emissions and improve the car’s fuel economy.

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

More details about the 2012 Kia Picanto engines will be released on March 1st. at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show where the model will be put on display alongside the 2012 Kia Rio 5-door and Kia Pro_cee’d facelift.

17 comments

  1. Greg says:

    You didn’t post the interior picture?

  2. Greg, I did post the 2012 Kia Picanto interior image in the previous article. Check it out in my name…

  3. Greg says:

    The Rio is Mazda2 competitor, not Picanto. The last Picanto had an I3 engine. The Smart fortwo has an I3 engine, several cars in that segment have an I3 engine, they have been popular since sometime in the 80s. Even the Kia Pride (Ford Festiva) had an I3 engine. As for the last generation Kia Picanto, that I3 was a Diesel from the “U” family.

  4. Some automakers, such as Fiat, even have a three-cylinder turbo engine in their cars. Kia will probably introduce a similar engine soon and put it in the 2012 Picanto city car.

  5. Anyone ever heard of the 74 mpg Kia Ray from 2010 ? (concept car)

  6. Greg says:

    Yeah, I actually saw it and touched it in Chicago.

  7. Corwin says:

    Hey Himi. I have the pricing and info for the canadian optima if you want it. I can e-amil it to you or what ever.

  8. Feel free to do that Corwin!

  9. Corwin says:

    LX
    $21,995
    Key features of the OP541B include:
    o 2.4L I4 GDI engine
    o 200 HP, 186 lb.ft.
    o 6 Airbags (Advanced dual front,
    dual front side and dual curtain)
    o Anti-whiplash front headrests
    o 4-wheel disc brakes
    o Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    o Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    o Power windows
    o Power door locks
    o 16” Alloy wheels
    o 205/65R16 Tires
    o Manual air conditioning
    o Keyless entry w/panic feature
    o Heated front seats
    o Driver power lumbar support
    o Steering Wheel mounted cruise
    control
    o Front fog lights
    o AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite stereo
    o AUX & USB input ports
    o 6 speakers
    o Bluetooth hands-free connectivity
    o Steering wheel mounted audio controls
    o 60:40 folding rear seat
    o Heated power outside mirrors
    o LED outside mirror repeaters
    o Front & rear mud guards
    o Windshield wiper de-icer
    o Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
    o Dual exhaust w/ dual chrome tips
    o Automatic headlights
    o Trip computer
    o Auto up/down safety front power
    windows
    o High performance dampers (shocks)
    OP742B LX Auto
    $24,195
    The OP742B adds to OP541B:
    o 6-speed Automatic Transmission
    o Power driver seat
    o Rear ventilation
    o Steering Wheel mounted ‘Active Eco’
    switch
    OP743B LX+
    $25,595 The OP743B adds to OP742B:
    o Full-length Panoramic sunroof o Auto-dimming rearview mirror with
    compass and Homelinktm
    OP744B EX
    $26,695
    The OP744B adds to OP742B:
    o 17” Alloy wheels
    o 215/55R17 Tires
    o UVO multimedia
    o Leather seats
    o Leather steering wheel
    o Leather shifter
    o Smart Key w/ Push button
    ignition
    o Rain-sensing windshield
    o Rear view camera
    o Automatic defog system
    o Fully automatic climate control (dual zone)
    o Solar glass
    o Half chrome outside door handles
    o Auto-dimming rearview mirror with
    compass and Homelinktm
    OP745B EX+
    The OP745B adds to OP744B: $25,847 $26,364 $28,095
    o Full-length Panoramic sunroof
    OP746B EX Luxury
    $30,595
    The OP746B adds to OP745B:
    o 18” Alloy wheels
    o 225/45R18 Tires
    o Larger brakes
    o Heated steering wheel
    o Ventilated and cooled front seats
    o Rear heated seats
    o Power passenger’s seat
    o Xenon HID head lights
    o LED tail lights
    o Mood lamp
    o Stainless steel illuminated door scuff plates
    o Infinity 530 watt premium audio system
    o Enhanced Supervision instrument cluster
    o Memory driver’s seat
    OP747B EX Luxury + Navi
    The OP747B adds to OP746B: $$32,095

  10. Corwin says:

    LX
    $21,995
    Key features of the OP541B include:
    o 2.4L I4 GDI engine
    o 200 HP, 186 lb.ft.
    o 6 Airbags (Advanced dual front,
    dual front side and dual curtain)
    o Anti-whiplash front headrests
    o 4-wheel disc brakes
    o Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    o Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    o Power windows
    o Power door locks
    o 16” Alloy wheels
    o 205/65R16 Tires
    o Manual air conditioning
    o Keyless entry w/panic feature
    o Heated front seats
    o Driver power lumbar support
    o Steering Wheel mounted cruise
    control
    o Front fog lights
    o AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite stereo
    o AUX & USB input ports
    o 6 speakers
    o Bluetooth hands-free connectivity
    o Steering wheel mounted audio controls
    o 60:40 folding rear seat
    o Heated power outside mirrors
    o LED outside mirror repeaters
    o Front & rear mud guards
    o Windshield wiper de-icer
    o Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
    o Dual exhaust w/ dual chrome tips
    o Automatic headlights
    o Trip computer
    o Auto up/down safety front power
    windows
    o High performance dampers (shocks)
    OP742B LX Auto
    $24,195
    The OP742B adds to OP541B:
    o 6-speed Automatic Transmission
    o Power driver seat
    o Rear ventilation
    o Steering Wheel mounted ‘Active Eco’
    switch
    OP743B LX+
    $25,595 The OP743B adds to OP742B:
    o Full-length Panoramic sunroof o Auto-dimming rearview mirror with
    compass and Homelinktm
    OP744B EX
    $26,695
    The OP744B adds to OP742B:
    o 17” Alloy wheels
    o 215/55R17 Tires
    o UVO multimedia
    o Leather seats
    o Leather steering wheel
    o Leather shifter
    o Smart Key w/ Push button
    ignition
    o Rain-sensing windshield
    o Rear view camera
    o Automatic defog system
    o Fully automatic climate control (dual zone)
    o Solar glass
    o Half chrome outside door handles
    o Auto-dimming rearview mirror with
    compass and Homelinktm
    OP745B EX+
    The OP745B adds to OP744B: $28,095
    o Full-length Panoramic sunroof
    OP746B EX Luxury
    $30,595
    The OP746B adds to OP745B:
    o 18” Alloy wheels
    o 225/45R18 Tires
    o Larger brakes
    o Heated steering wheel
    o Ventilated and cooled front seats
    o Rear heated seats
    o Power passenger’s seat
    o Xenon HID head lights
    o LED tail lights
    o Mood lamp
    o Stainless steel illuminated door scuff plates
    o Infinity 530 watt premium audio system
    o Enhanced Supervision instrument cluster
    o Memory driver’s seat
    OP747B EX Luxury + Navi
    The OP747B adds to OP746B: $$32,095

  11. Corwin says:

    Definitely well packaged and well priced. This is definitely going to be a home run, hard part will be getting them in.

  12. Corwin says:

    woops . almost forgot the most important package.
    Turbo SX
    $33,695
    The OP748B adds to OP747B:
    o Turbocharged 2.0L GDI engine
    o 274 HP, 269 lb. ft.
    o Unique sport bumpers
    o Paddle shifters (replaces heated
    steering wheel)
    o 18” Sport alloy wheels
    o Sport suspension
    o Sport front grille
    o Sport seats (replaces leather seats)
    o Rear spoiler

  13. Greg says:

    I would much rather have heated steering wheel in the SX than the paddle shifters. Paddle shifters will most likely never be used and will result in plenty of unintentional shifts turning turning.

  14. Greg says:

    HKAG sold 6 something million, VW sold 7 something million.

  15. conwelpic says:

    Corwin – you beat me too it, I just obtained all that info and just come to the site to mention it. Do you have any idea when they will be at Canadian dealers – my estimate is late March to early April.

  16. Corwin says:

    Hey Conwelpic. From what i have heard they will be here end of march, but as you could imagine Kia Canada told me that it will be limited supply, and I have a feeling that dealers are going to try and hold on to what they can.

  17. Belladonna says:

    At long last and engine that can match the ps/l of the old K series rover engine (1100cc 75Ps @ 6000rpm normaly aspirated) does it weigh significantly less that the ~ 90Kg fully dresses K series engine?

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