Turbocharged engine and crossover-inspired design for all-new Kia Picanto X-LinePOSTED BY Raja Danielle ON 07 September 2017
Kia has announced details of the all-new crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Following its premiere, the vehicle goes on sale across Europe from the start of Q4 2017.
The all-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 high-contrast colour packs and a raised ground clearance (at 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-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, making it the most powerful Picanto ever.
Michael Cole, chief operating officer for Kia Motors Europe commented, “We launched the new Picanto in Europe earlier this year and it is already outselling its predecessor. Year-on-year, Picanto sales in the first half of 2017 grew 23% to 31,827 units, and globally it is one of our best-selling vehicles. The all-new X-Line will add to that momentum.”
An SUV attitude
While the new Picanto featured a bold and energetic design when it was launched earlier this year, the all-new 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 skid plates at the front and rear for a more confident and go-anywhere appearance.
Unique to the X-Line model, the grille and fog lamp 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.
100ps 1.0-litre T-GDI engine – the most powerful Picanto ever
The all-new Picanto X-Line is powered by Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine. Previously only available in the cee’d model family and new Rio, the lightweight, compact new engine is now available in a Picanto variant for the first time.
As well as offering high efficiency and low emissions, 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 more powerful engine ensures the Picanto remains fun to drive. The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine produces 100Ps at 4,500rpm and 172Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000rpm.
The most powerful engine yet in a Picanto, it allows the X-Line model to accelerate from zero to 100kph in 10.1 seconds. The new engine is capable of 4.5 L/100 km, with CO2 emissions from 104g/km (combined, New European Driving Cycle).
The new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is also being introduced to the sports-inspired Picanto GT-Line, with identical performance and power and torque outputs.
Third-generation Picanto: Quality, technology and versatility
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 lamps, shark-fin antenna and keyless entry. The large seven-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) houses navigation with 3D maps as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for full smartphone integration. A rear-view parking camera, wireless smartphone charger and USB port are also available on X-Line models. Like the Picanto GT Line, the Picanto X-Line is fitted with a sporty D-cut steering wheel as standard.
The new Picanto is the safest A-segment car Kia has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body construction, six airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags) and an optional knee airbag. Active safety features are also included, such as standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to ensure stability under braking and cornering. In addition, the new Picanto is available with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – a key technology adopted to enhance safety in urban environments.
The Picanto boasts class-leading cabin space, with more leg- and head-room than all other rivals in the A-segment. Boot capacity is 255litres – the most of any car in its class – with 60:40 split-folding rear seats, which can be folded flat to increase capacity to 1,010litres.
Kia Picanto X-Line on sale from fourth quarter of 2017
The Picanto is backed by Kia’s quality promise, and will be sold as standard with the company’s unique seven year, 150,000km warranty. The all-new Picanto X-Line goes on sale across Europe during the fourth quarter of 2017.