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Kia Picanto

New Kia Picanto with low CO2 emissions

Kia claims that its new Picanto will feature engines with emissions as low as 90 g/km CO2.

There will be three versions of the 1-litre, three-cylinder engine – running on petrol, flex fuel and bi-fuel – and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol power unit, but availability will depend on individual markets.

Power outputs will range from 69 to 85 PS, with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm. Exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that models in the range will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105 g/km.

In the UK, some models will be available with Kia’s ISG technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km, and further improving fuel economy.

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

Making its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Kia Picanto has been redesigned and re-engineered . Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase, new Picanto promises more passenger comfort and 27% increased cargo space.

It will be offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles. Although the five-door goes on sale in the UK in late spring, the three-door will not arrive in the UK until the autumn.

Pricing for the UK and European markets will not be announced until closer to the launch date.