Kia says its new Picanto minicar will have new engines that are significantly more fuel efficient than those in the model it replaces.
The Korean automaker said on Monday that the Picanto will have four new powertrains with CO2 emissions as low as 90 grams per kilometer (3.9 liters per 100km).
The car, which debuts at the Geneva auto show in March, will be sold with three versions of Kia's 1-0 liter, three-cylinder Kappa gasoline engine including a biofuel unit, and with a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine, depending on individual markets.
Regular Picanto models will have CO2 emissions of between 95g/km and 105 g/km. Some models will be available with Kia's fuel-saving ISG (Idle Stop and Go) stop-start technology, cutting emissions to as low as 90g/km.
The engines will be mated to five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.
3-door for Europe
Kia is adding a three-door version of the Picanto for European sales only, but will continue to offer a five-door version.
The new Picanto has a bolder, more sculpted styling and a longer wheelbase that gives the car more passenger room and more cargo space. The automaker hopes the changes will help the Picanto stand out in the crowded minicar segment, dominated in Europe by cars such as the Fiat Panda and Ford Ka.
The five-door Picanto will go on sale at the end of April, with the three-door model reaching European showrooms late 2011.
Kia aims to sell 220,000 new Picantos globally this year with sales rising to 240,000 in 2012.