Slated to make its public debut at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Kia has revealed the all-new crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line.
Featuring an exterior design that is inspired by the Sportage and Sorento SUVs, the new, more rugged version of the Picanto comes with 156mm ground clearance which is 15mm higher than the standard model, and features Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille as well as SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skidplates in front and the rear.
Also unique to the X-Line model are the lime-green grille and fog lamp surrounds, the black cladding around the wheel arches, and the white and lime-green interior trim.
As for the list of standard equipment, the Picanto X-Line is fitted with many of the features available across the Picanto range, including 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, LED DRLs and fog lamps, and keyless entry.
Inside, the car comes with a 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touch-screen HMI (human-machine interface), sat-nav with 3D maps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view parking camera, wireless smartphone charger, and a sporty D-cut steering wheel.
Where safety is concerned, the car comes with Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body construction, 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), as well as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
Under the hood, the new model benefits from Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine which also powers the Cee’d model family and the new Rio, producing 100PS and 172Nm of maximum torque.
The engine, which is the most powerful one yet to be offered on the Picanto, allows the X-Line model to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh in 10.1 seconds, while consuming 4.5-litres of fuel per 100km.
According to Kia Motors Europe, the new Picanto X-Line will make its first public appearance next week in Frankfurt and go on sale across Europe during the fourth quarter of 2017.