The all-new, third generation Kia Picanto supermini will be released throughout dealerships in Europe during the second quarter of the year, and now we have the specific technical details of the model.
The most interesting introduction – aside from the fact that Kia’s new Picanto is way more interesting as a whole compared to the older generation – is the new 1.0 T-GDI three-cylinder turbo engine, trickling down from the popular Hyundai i20. With a displacement of 998 cubic centimeters, it comes with 100 PS (74 kW) and 172 Nm (127 lb-ft) of torque, enough to make the Picanto seem feisty, thanks to the curb weight of just 993 kilograms (2,189 pounds). The lesser Picanto models can be had with one-liter and 1.25-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder good for 67 PS (49 kW) / 96 Nm (71 lb-ft) and 84 PS (62 kW) / 122 Nm (90 lb-ft). The most fable engine will also return the best fuel consumption, of 4.2 l/100 km on the combined cycle.
While the size is not significantly different from the current Picanto, the new one comes with a longer wheelbase, longer rear overhang, and a shorter front overhang. This brings an interior legroom enhancement up front of 15 mm and a cargo capacity of 255 liters in the back. Driving dynamics now get enhanced with the help from the newly modified torsion beam rear axle, new steering rack that is 13 percent faster and less weight on the front axle.