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Kia reveals crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line

Kia reveals crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line”

Kia has released pictures of a version of its Picanto micro-car that's draws inspiration from some of the Korean car-maker's range of SUVs.

In line with other Kia models (we're thinking Picanto, Cee'd and Sportage), the Sorento can now be specified in sporty GT-Line trim.

The announcement comes only days after Kia announced plug-in hybrid versions of the Optima Sportswagon and its Niro compact crossover.

This is notably the case of Kia, which not only presents the Stonic at the next Frankfurt Motor Show, but also unveils a Picanto in the sauce: the Picanto X-Line (photo).

Do you like the sound of the Kia Picanto X-Line?

The newcomers will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show which opens on September 12 where Kia will also be displaying a sleek concept auto that is likely to become part of the new cee'd line up when it arrives next year.

Inside, an 8.0-inch touch-screen interface is available with Kia Connected Services, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, the Sorento is receiving a significant makeover inside and out.

The front and rear bumpers have been reshaped from its predecessor and there's the trademark Kia "tiger nose" grille.

Inside it's more minimal, with a new steering wheel and instrument cluster with some new tech to keep drivers and passengers entertained.

The Picanto X-Line has been launched - and will likely cost around £10,000 when it hits dealers later this year.

Safety kit has been enhanced as well, offering a driver attention warning system, lane-departure warning, high beam assist and full LED headlamps.

The new engine boasts low Carbon dioxide emissions of 104g/km, and a strong torque figure of 126lb ft spread over a broad 1,500-4,000rpm rev range. This unit helps to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, and also help provide a more decisive drive.

Like all Kias, the Picanto will be covered by the company's 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty, and X-Line model will go on sale towards the end of 2017.



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