Kia is displaying the new Picanto X-Line at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, starting 12 September. The new X-Line variant further broadens the appeal of the Picanto, Kia’s smallest car, combining all of its best qualities with a new look which draws inspiration from Kia’s popular crossover and SUV model lines, including the Sportage and Sorento.
The rugged design is highlighted by contrast color packs and raised ground clearance (to 156mm, 15mm higher than the standard Picanto), which also gives the driver a clearer view of the road ahead. The new derivative benefits from Kia’s 1.0-liter T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine.
While the new Picanto featured a bold and energetic design when it was launched earlier this year, the X-Line variant introduces a series of rugged new design cues. Incorporating Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, the X-Line boasts more imposing, SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skidplates at the front and rear, for a more confident and go-anywhere appearance. Unique to the X-Line model, the grille and fog light surrounds are finished with lime green highlights (silver highlights are also available), while black cladding around the wheel arches enhances the visual effect of the raised ground clearance.
Under the hood, the little Kia is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter T-GDI engine; available for the first time in a Picanto. The lightweight nature of the new T-GDI engine perfectly suits the Picanto’s direct handling character. With minimal mass over the front axle, the engine ensures the Picanto remains fun to drive with an output of 100 ps at 4,500 rpm and 172 Nm torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. The new 1.0-liter T-GDI engine is also being introduced to the sports-inspired Picanto GT-Line, with identical performance and power and torque outputs.
The Picanto X-Line is fitted with many of the features available across the rest of the Picanto range, including 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, shark-fin antenna, and keyless entry. The large 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) houses navigation with 3D maps, and CarPlay and Android Auto for full smartphone integration.
Furthermore, a rear-view parking camera and wireless smartphone charger and USB port are also available on X-Line models. Like the Picanto GT Line, the Picanto X-Line is fitted as standard with a sporty D-cut steering wheel. Other attributes of the X-Line Picanto are class-leading cabin space, with more leg- and head-room, and a boot capacity of 255 liters (expandable up to 1,010 liters).
Safety aspects of the X-Line Picanto includes an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body construction, six standard airbags with an optional knee airbag, plus a host of active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).