The Kia has revealed some bits of information about the all-new 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line, which premieres at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show by the end of this year. Apparently, the Kia plans on giving the incoming X-Line model a rugged makeover. The latest Picanto X-Line is a crossover-inspired variant that is a tad taller than contemporary models. The next rugged design integrates a hatchback’s small footprint with the competencies of a high-riding crossover.
2018 Kia Picanto X-Line – Outstanding Exterior and Interior
Unlike standard models, the 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line points out to a rugged exterior. It is set to come with a SUV-style front and rear bumpers along with renovated skid plates. The Kia made the inbound model slightly taller by raising the ride height by 0.20 inches.
The X-Line features black plastic body denoting the hatchback’s more rugged silhouette. The redesigned Picanto X-Line variant will incorporate Kia’s renowned signature “tiger-nose grille” and flaunts more confident appearance. It also comes with the unique grille and fog lamp ambiances that encompass lime green highlights. We noticed black cladding around the car’s wheel arches. These are designed to improve the visual effect of the upstretched ground clearance.
The restructured 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line also comes equipped with a lot of features available across the rest of the Picanto line-up. These encompass 16-inch alloy wheels, shark-fin antenna, aluminum pedals, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, and the keyless entry. We also have a large seven-inch “floating” touchscreen human-machine interface (HMI). The supposed function houses Apple CarPlay & Android Auto for smartphone integration as well as navigation with 3D maps. All X-Line models get a wireless smartphone charger, USB ports and rear-view camera. Also, the new Picanto X-Line gets furnished with a sporty D-cut steering wheel that matches what we have on the Picanto GT Line.
The Kia claims that the upcoming Picanto will also become the safest A-segment vehicle ever engineered and built. The next-gen Picanto variant is set to convey Advanced High Strength Steel body construction along with six standard airbags. These will include front, side and curtain airbags. The knee airbag, however, comes as optional. There are several other active safety features available as standard.
For instance, we will have the Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control that ensures absolute stability under cornering and braking. Also available is the Autonomous Emergency Braking that was adopted to improve safety in urban settings. The rewritten Picanto X-Line flourishes class-leading cabin space comprising increased leg-room and head-room. It rivals almost all the other A-segment variants as far as cabin space is concerned.
Engine Specifications and Performance of the 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line
Under the hood of the 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder T-GDI engine. This engine is the same as the one we can find on the GT Line variant. It yields around 100 PS at 4,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque between 1500-4000 rpm. The vehicle sprints from 0-60 mph in just under 10.1 seconds using a manual gearbox.
Possible Arrival Date and Price
The 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line makes a public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in November. As soon as it premieres in Europe, the Picanto range goes on sale where it will become available at dealerships worldwide. The reinvented X-Line is likely to start at $12,291.