The South Korean automaker is making fans of the small-sized Picanto quite happy when they’ll attend the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, bringing its most powerful version for the European market to date.
But don’t hold your breath for another entry in the hotly disputed performance hot hatch subcompact niche – at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Picanto is bowing in front of the worldwide audience with a turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine packing just 98 horsepower. It will go on sale later this year in Europe and has nothing to do with sportiness – instead it has everything to do with the popularity of crossovers and SUVs. With a small package to go about, the new Picanto version does have some credentials to its name – 0-62 mph in just over 10 seconds, with an average fuel efficiency of 4.5 liters / 100 km (62.7 mpg UK or 52.2 mpg US) in the New European Driving Cycle.
Wearing the Picanto X-Line moniker, this new version is a rugged, city dwelling subcompact – let’s say a smaller brother of the Kia Sportage. It fills a niche that’s been highly disputed for some time now – B Class crossovers – where the new Fiesta is also entering with their new Active version. Competition is at an all-time high there, so the Picanto X-Line (albeit smaller, we’re not going to consider this version part of the A Class) arrives with 15 millimeters (0.6 inches) of additional ride height, as well as the ubiquitous tough look via black wheel arch cladding and lime green details for the grille and fog lights, along with metal-style skid plates. Moving inside, we’re going to find a leather-clad flat-bottom steering wheel with green stitching, mixed with white and green trim here and there – and there’s also a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.