For the first time, Kia will be unveiling their most powerful Picanto later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Picanto X-Line. This comes with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that can give as much as 98 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque (172 Newton metres) spread over a broad 1,500 - 4,000 rpm rev range.
Kia plans to bring this model to dealerships later this year in Europe. In terms of performance, the Picanto X-Line can do 0-62 miles per hour in a little over 10 seconds, with an average of 4.5 liters / 100 kilometers (62.7 mpg UK or 52.2 in the US) in the New European Driving Cycle.
Despite the performance upgrade, Kia did not consider giving the Picanto that much of a physical makeover to suit the more powerful engine. The X-Line is like a mini version of the Kia Sportage, and is actually a city car that’s inspired by the SUV. As for the suspension, it has been raised by 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). It also comes with rugged bumpers that boast metal-style skid plates, as well as new black wheel arch cladding and lime green details for the grille and fog lights. If you are not a huge fan of green, then you can always opt for silver details.
What Kia should be proud of is the fact that the new engine has really low CO2 emissions of 104 g/km. Kia has offered this engine in the Rio and the cee'd but this will be the first time for them to offer the three-cylinder turbo motor in a compact vehicle.
The COO of Kia Motors, Michael Cole believes that the Picanto X-Line will be a great addition to its range. In fact, the new Picanto was launched in Europe this year, and it is already selling more than its predecessor. The company has noticed a constant increase in sales of the Picanto. For the first half of 2017 alone, the company has seen a 23% increase to 31,827. In fact, the Picanto is the company's best-selling model.
Those who are interested in a sportier looking model can go for the T-GDI engine that will be launched in the Picanto GT-Line.