The next Picanto was unveiled six years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, and now it’s time for the next generation to enter. The third generation 2018 Kia Picanto, or Morning as it is called in Korea, will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with the European-spec model to be on display.
As impressive as it may sound, this statement is not entirely accurate, as the X-Line is actually a standard Picanto with some additional features. It is further from the Picanto standard: lime green fog lamp surrounds and grille inserts, which offer a strong contrast with most exterior colors. However, if you are looking for a more understated appearance, these highlights can be in cash. The X-Line is also equipped with LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, as well as 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Everything else is standard equipment, but it should be noted that the current Picanto is as fresh as it was launched in 2016. The changes are significant compared to the previous model, while the front and rear fairings look more athletic.
Unlike the outside, the interior is the same as in the standard model. As a reminder, the new Picanto has come with a premium interior and a dashboard that has a cleaner design and features a satin chrome strip that runs across the width between the dashboard and the door panel of the passenger. A new seven-inch touch screen sits above in a “floating” position that has become popular with several automakers, while two A / C vents have been placed below. The center console is more useful now, with only A / C controls, in addition to a large storage compartment and shifter. The seats have been redesigned for comfort, and although they are wrapped in fabric, they can be ordered in contrasting artificial leather with white, blue, orange, red or lime green stitching. The sitting position is similar to that of the regular Picanto, so do not expect the raised position you get in crossovers.
Power of the 2018 Kia Picanto is the 1.2-liter Kappa four-cylinder engine with multipoint injection (MPI). It develops 84 PS at 6000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Available transmissions include a four-speed automatic mode and a five-speed manual mode. Both versions, manual and automatic, ride on 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 185/55 tires.
The price of the Picanto X-Line is not yet available, but it is sure that it will cost a little more than the standard model. In fact, with specifications similar to the GT-Line range, there is a good chance that the X-Line will become the most expensive model in the range. Expect the X-Line to cost at least £ 13,000 before options. This model is expected to go on sale across Europe starting in the fourth quarter of 2017.