- Raised ground clearance and SUV-inspired styling
- Powered by 100PS turbocharged 1.0-litre engine
- On sale in Europe towards the end of this year
Kia unveils crossover-style X-Line version of Picanto
Kia already sells the Sportage and Sorento SUVs, but will be extending that line-up with the addition of the Stonic and this new model, which is based on the company's smallest car.
The rugged look of the new car is inspired by Kia’s crossover and SUV models, such as the Sportage and Sorento. So, not only does it sit 15mm higher than the standard Picanto, it also has SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skidplates at the front and rear.
In contrast to other Picantos, on the X-Line, the grille and fog lamp surrounds are finished with green highlights, while there’s also black cladding around the wheelarches.
The X-Line is fitted with many of the features available in other Picantos, such as 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, ‘shark-fin’ antenna, and keyless entry. The 7.0-inch touchscreen controls the sat-nav, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow full smartphone integration.
A rear-view parking camera and wireless smartphone charger are also available, while the Picanto comes with six standard airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags), and an optional knee airbag. It’s also available with Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Like all Kias, the Picanto will be covered by the company’s seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, and X-Line model will go on sale towards the end of 2017.