Did you know the 2020 Kia Picanto is also available in a more "rugged" version? First launched during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Korean automaker has decided to reveal a new version of the X-Line weeks after launching the updated and upgraded hatchback.
Borrowing design cues from high-riding crossovers, the 2020 Picanto X-Line dons a muscular and bold look that makes it vastly different from standard models. First and foremost, it gets a massive front bumper that comes complete with a faux skid plate, black accents, and a silver trim finish. Then there's its tiger-nose grill which gets additional chrome trim for a flashier appearance.
Further highlighting the car's more rugged look are the black body cladding and the side protection moldings on the lower section of the doors. Finally, the rear bumper gets a faux rear skid plate and dual exhaust pipes for a sportier appearance.
The interior might still look the same as other Picanto models. But for those that prefer a more colorful vibe inside their Picanto, the X-Line can be had with the optional Lime Pack cabin trim. This gives the interior a black finish that is complemented by lime contrast stitching, white seat bolsters, silver metal transmission, and aircon vents, as well as silver-lime accents on the doors. Other available trim packages for the Picanto and Picanto X-Line include Orange Pack, Red Pack, and Green Pack.
As mentioned before, the 2020 Picanto is available with a 1.0-liter, naturally-aspirated three-cylinder that now makes 76 PS. However, those that prefer with a bit more oomph can get the 1.0-liter T-GDI inline-three that benefits from Kia's Smartstream technology. Unlike the naturally-aspirated version which only puts out 76 PS, the new turbocharged engine generates 100 PS.
The Picanto with the T-GDI engine is the first model that will be equipped with Kia's new automated manual transmission (AMT). The system itself is based on a five-speed manual but benefits from an automated clutch and gear shift actuators. This gives drivers ease of use, while not sacrificing the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission.
The key bit is that the X-Line has about 15mm of ground clearance according to reports. That brings up the minimim clearance to 156mm, thereabouts.
Will the X-Line be available outside of Europe? It's highly unlikely, but we're hoping that the turbocharged 1.0-liter T-GDI will be offered locally for the GT Line variant once the refreshed Picanto arrives in the country. Should Kia Philippines be able to price it right, the 100 PS Picanto T-GDI could become the most powerful A-segment hatchback in the country.