The new Picanto’s range will be spearheaded from the new turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI version with 99hp and 126 lb-ft (172Nm) of peak torque. Paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, the sportiest version of the new baby Kia is able to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 10.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 180km/h (112mph).
The rest of the engine range includes a 66hp 1.0-litre and a 83hp 1.2-litre petrol units, paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Kia claims that the entry-level 1.0-litre model emits 89g/km of CO2 emissions with the Start/Stop system fitted. A four-speed automatic gearbox will be an option for the 1.2-litre model.
Any Picanto GT would likely take the higher output 118bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged engine currently available in the Rio and Ceed.
Alper Celik, product marketing manager for the Picanto, added that ‘we have the technology for a Picanto GT and we can put it (the 118bhp 1.0-litre engine) on the car today, but we need to wait a bit more first.’
Also like the larger Rio, lower-spec versions of the Picanto are unlikely to be fitted with AEB, meaning the only chance of the safety equipment making it here is if Kia Australia decides to import the top-spec GT-Line.