Added: 07 September 2017
Kia's Picanto city car gets a crossoverinspired makeover with new X-Line
Powered by 100 ps turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI engine
New interior contrast colour packs paired with elevated ground clearance and SUV-inspired styling to emphasise rugged X-Line design
Most powerful Picanto ever, thanks to availability of 1.0-litre T-GDI engine
On-sale in Europe from the start of Q4 2017
Kia hasannounced details of its all-new crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line, ahead ofits public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.
While the newPicanto featured a bold and energetic design when it was launched earlier thisyear, the all-new X-Line variant introduces a series of rugged design cues.Incorporating Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, the X-Line boasts moreimposing, SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skidplates at the front and rear.
Unique to theX-Line model, the grille and fog lamp surrounds are finished with lime greenhighlights (silver highlights are also available), while black cladding aroundthe wheel arches enhances the visual effect of the raised ground clearance.
The all-newPicanto X-Line is powered by Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine.Previously only available in the cee’d and new Rio, the lightweight, compactengine is available with a Picanto variant for the first time.
It produces100PS and 172 Nm torque allowing the X-Line to accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.1seconds. CO2 emissions are rated at 104g/km.
Standardequipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, LED daytime runninglights and fog lamps, shark-fin antenna, and keyless entry.
Theseven-inch touchscreen has satnav with 3D maps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Kia says thenew Picanto is the safest A-segment car it has ever made, featuring an AdvancedHigh Strength Steel body construction and six standard airbags. Active safetyfeatures are also included, such as standard-fit Vehicle Stability Managementwith Electronic Stability Control, to ensure stability under braking andcornering.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “Welaunched the new Picanto in Europe earlier this year and it is alreadyoutselling its predecessor. Year-on-year, Picanto sales in the first half of2017 grew 23% to 31,827 units, and globally it is one of our best-sellingvehicles. The all-new X-Line will add to that momentum.”