KIA Motors have announced their new KIA Picanto X-line ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show. The little city runabout has been reimagined and worked over to add some excitement.

The ground clearance has been raised to 156mm (15mm more than on the regular Picanto) and the body panels are treated to a contrasting two colour theme. Most of the changes are effected on the external soft panels, with larger, more meaty bumpers, metal skidplates and colour coded grille and foglamp surrounds. Even the wheel arches get a black surround.

The next feature announced is the provision of a turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI engine that hits 100PS at 4,500rpm and 172Nm of torque in the 1,500-4,000rpm band. The Picanto X-line hits the standing 100 km/h in a not quite blistering 10.1 seconds with a fuel economy of 4.5L/100km.

The new 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is also being introduced to the sports-inspired Picanto GT-Line, with identical performance and power and torque outputs.

European customers who see the Picanto at the Frankfurt Motor show will have already been familiarised with the 2017 Picanto’s mix of features that include a 7.0″ colour display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 16″ wheels and rearview camera. Now the interior also gets a D-shaped steering wheel on both the X-line and the GT-line.

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