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The Kia Picanto is an ultra-compact urban car (A-segment in Europe) manufactured by the South Korean marque Kia Motors. It is the smallest vehicle of the brand. It was introduced in 2004. The Picanto has several names depending on the market in which it is marketed, such as Kia Morning, Kia EuroStar, Kia New Morning, Kia Suria or Naza Picanto. Its first version was born under a platform cut from the Hyundai Getz. The current versions use the platform shared with the Hyundai i10.

The Picanto competes against the rest of the urban microcars, which are few since many vehicle manufacturers have stopped their production due to their low profit margins. Some of the Picanto’s competitors are the Toyota Aygo, the Volkswagen Up, the Peugeot 108 and the Citroen C1. The latter, together with its platform brother, the Hyundai i10, are the closest in price to the Picanto. There are 3 generations of this urban utility vehicle.

Kia Picanto. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Kia Picanto models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Kia Picanto.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Kia Picanto I – First Generation (SA) (2004)


The first generation of the Kia Picanto was born on the Hyundai-Kia SA platform in 2004. The vehicle was first presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. During this generation, the Picanto underwent several aesthetic redesigns.

Diesel Engines

  • D3FA 1.1 CRDi 75 CV (2005)

Petrol Engines

  • G4HE 1.0 61 CV (2004)
  • G4HE 1.0 63 CV (2007)
  • G4HC 1.0 72 CV (2004 – 2011)
  • G4HG 1.1 65 CV (2004)

Kia Picanto II – Second Generation (TA) (2011)

Presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, the second-generation Picanto has a longer base than its predecessor. In addition, it is only offered with gasoline engines. In some markets, a gasoline+gas version was offered and in others a version with ethanol (flex fuel). Start&Stop technology was also offered on the 4-cylinder engine.


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Kia Picanto Gen 2.

Petrol Engines

  • G3LA 1.0 67 CV (2015)
  • G3LA 1.0 69 CV (2011)
  • G3LA 1.0 82 CV (2011)
  • G3LA 1.0 CVVT 78 CV (2014)
  • G3LA 1.0 Flex 80 CV (2011)
  • B3LA 1.0 Bi-Fuel 82 CV (2011)
  • B3LA 1.0 LPG 67 CV (2013)
  • G4LA 1.2 85 CV (2011)
  • G4LA 1.2 87 CV (2011 – 2017)

Kia Picanto III – Third Generation (JA) (2017)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Kia Picanto de Gen 3.

Petrol Engines

  • G3LA 1.0 67 CV (2017)
  • G3LA 1.0 69 CV (2017)
  • G3LA 1.0 76 CV (2017)
  • G3LC 1.0 T-GDi 100 CV (2017)
  • B3LA 1.0 LPI 73 CV (2017)
  • F3LA 1.0 FLEX (JA) 80 CV (2018 – 2019)
  • G3LA 1.0 LPG 65 CV (2018)
  • G3LA 1.0 LPG 65 CV (2018)
  • G4LA 1.2 87 CV (2017)
  • G4LA 1.2 84 CV (2017)
  • G4LF 1.2 MPI 84 CV (2020)

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