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.

Be part of something big

2013 Kia Picanto LPG to be revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show