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TMR Team | Sep, 07 2017 | 1 Comment

Kia has given its Picanto city car the SUV treatment through a new model called the Picanto X-Line.

The high-riding, chunkier version of the Picanto will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Proving that not even the city car is safe from the SUV juggernaut - as the likes of Suzuki's Ignis has shown - the Picanto X-Line features suspension that has been raised by 15mm and additional plastic cladding, metal-look side skirts and wheel arch flares to give it a more rugged appearance.

Power comes from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine producing 73kW and 172Nm of torque with a claimed average consumption of 4.5L/100km - the same engine that will feature in the sportier GT-Line variant that is being evaluated for Australian sales.

Despite sales of SUVs - of any size - outstripping regular passenger cars in Australia, Kia's local division has ruled out the Picanto X-Line at the moment.

That may change if it - and the GT-Line - become available with an automatic transmission as both are currently exclusively paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Apart from the added butch-ness, the X-Line also has a splash of colour with green highlights in its front air intakes and throughout the cabin.

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