Kia will be introducing in several weeks at IAA in Frankfurt an LPG bi-fuel version of the Picanto.

Kia will be introducing in several weeks at IAA in Frankfurt an LPG bi-fuel version of the Picanto.

The frugal Picanto will come with a modified version of the firm's 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder Kappa gasoline engine developing 67 HP (49 kW) and 90 Nm (66 lb-ft). When running on LPG, 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.

The 2013 Kia Picanto is going to feature a 35-liter gasoline tank located ahead of the rear axle, along with a 27-liter pressurized LPG tank installed beneath the trunk floor where the spare wheel would normally sit. There will be a button on the dashboard to allow drivers to make the switch between gasoline and LPG (and vice-versa).

Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the LPG-compatible Picanto will be available at first in Greece, Germany, Poland, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands.

2013 Kia Picanto LPG to be revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show