A new turbocharged, direct injection 1.0 T-GDi three-cylinder engine has been added to the Kia Picanto range in the UK. With 99bhp and 171Nm, it is the most powerful engine that’s ever been available in a Picanto.
The 1.0 T-GDi is the new range topper and will only be available as a GT-line, which adds a sporty appearance package and a 7.0in touchscreen display with GPS. Prices start at £13,320 The 1 litre is always coupled to a 5-speed manual; an automatic transmission is only available on the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. The ‘warm hatch’ adds a number of subtle styling cues to the budget supermini, but it now has the most powerful engine ever fitted to the car.
The turbocharger is a single-scroll unit that is integrated into the exhaust manifold and features an electric wastegate motor. The increased flexibility of the electric wastegate motor improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. Kia says the system increases low-end torque, improves throttle response across the rev range and lowers fuel consumption at high loads. The combined fuel economy figure is 55.4 mpg, while the CO2 emissions
The exhaust manifold is integrated into the head and can be cooled independently from the engine block, thanks to a dual-thermostat split cooling system. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88°C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow at 105°C to reduce friction and improve efficiency.
The T-GDi engine helps the Picanto get to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, and onto a top speed of 112 mph.
As well as the clever new engine, the latest update for the Picanto adds a new 7.0-inch touchscreen display with DAB radio and RDS, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Prices start at £13,320 for the new Picanto GT Line, and as with all Kia’s, it comes with an industry-leading seven year/100,000 mile warranty, which is fully transferable if the car is sold prior to either of those points.
Our current PCP finance offer – valid until 30 September 2018
|Edition||‘GT-Line’ 1.0 66bhp 5-speed manual 5dr|
|Finance option||Kia Personal Contract Purchase|
|Optional final payment||£4,635.00|
|On the road cash price||£12,300.00|
|Kia Deposit Contribution||£750.00|
|Amount of credit||£8,850.00|
|Total amount payable||£13,302.48|
|Duration of agreement||36 months|
|Miles per annum||10,000|
|Excess mileage charge||7.5p (plus VAT)|
|Fixed rate of interest||2.5% p.a.|
|APR||4.9% APR Representative|
*T&Cs apply. All New Picanto ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘X-Line’, ‘GT Line’ and ‘GT Line S’ models, only £750 towards your Personal Contract Purchase Deposit. Model shown is the All New Picanto ‘GT-Line S’ 1.25 83bhp 5-speed manual, £14,200 on-the-road (including ‘Clear White’ Optional paint). All New Picanto ‘1’ grade, only £500 towards your Personal Contract Purchase Deposit. Please contact your Kia Dealer for full details and exclusions. Subject to status. T&C’s apply. 18s or over. Guarantee may be required. Kia Finance RH2 9AQ. Offer available on purchase of an All-New Picanto between 01.07.2018 – 30.09.2018.