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Kia to extend Picanto line-up with X-Line softroader

Kia is to launch a crossover-inspired version of its third-generation Picanto supermini later this year.

Kia Picanto X-Line

The Kia Picanto X-Line will bring crossover-inspired styling and the 1.0 T-GDI unit.

Making its debut at Frankfurt, the Picanto X-Line will bring styling modelled on Kia’s Sportage and Sorento crossover and SUV models, bringing black cladding around the wheel arches and beefier bumpers with metal-look skidplates as well as increased ride height of 156mm – up by 15mm compared to the standard Picanto.

The new model will also include lime green detailing around the grille and fog lamps and interior contrast colour packs while equipment includes 16-inch aluminium alloys, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, keyless entry and a 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen featuring navigation with 3D maps and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Power will come in the form of Kia’s 99bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol engine – also seen in the Cee’d and Rio. Marking the first time the engine has been offered in the Picanto line-up, the unit will bring a 0-62mph time of 10.1 seconds along with a combined fuel consumption of 63mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km (NEDC figures).

The Picanto is one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles and sold 31,827 units globally in the first half of 2017 – up 23%.

The all-new Picanto X-Line goes on sale across Europe during the fourth quarter of 2017.For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.