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Kia to launch crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line

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Kia has announced details of the all-new crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

The new addition to the Picanto range will go on sale from the start of Q4 2017.

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 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 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.

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 available with a Picanto variant for the first time.

It produces 100PS and 172 Nm torque allowing the X-Line to accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, shark-fin antenna, and keyless entry.

The large seven-inch touchscreen has navigation with 3D maps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Kia says the new Picanto is the safest A-segment car it has ever made, featuring an Advanced High Strength Steel body construction and six standard airbags. Active safety features are also included, such as standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control, to ensure stability under braking and cornering.

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