New bi-fuel Kia Picanto LPG to be unveiled at IAA 2013 image

Developed in response to growing customer demand for small cars with low running costs, the new LPG version of the Picanto will be publicly introduced by the Korean automaker at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new model is powered by a special version of Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre Kappa engine, producing 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque. The new Picanto LPG promises even lower running costs than conventional gasoline-only Picanto models.

Running on LPG only, the Picanto will have a fuel consumption of 5.8 liters/100 km with CO2 emissions of 100 g/km, while the models fitted with automatic start-stop (ISG) are going to consume 5.6 liters/100 km (97 g/km).

The new Picanto LPG is fitted with two fuel tanks – the regular 35-litre gasoline tank in the regular position ahead of the rear axle and a 27-litre pressurised LPG tank located beneath the trunk floor in the space previously occupied by the spare wheel. Drivers can switch from gasoline to LPG (and vice-versa) simply by pressing a button on the dashboard.

Initially, availability will be limited to Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands and will be the only LPG-powered car in the marketplace with a 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty.