Crossover-styled hatchback headed Down Under in limited numbers according to leaked dealer documents
It appears the Kia Picanto X-Line will indeed make its way Down Under, according to a leaked dealer bulletin obtained by CarAdvice this week.
Much like how the sporty GT-Line was originally offered as an AO Edition before becoming a permanent member of the line-up, the SUV-like X-Line could also become a mainstay in 2019 if it's well-received locally.
According to the dealer document, Oz-bound Picanto X-Line models will feature 16-inch alloy wheels, 'X-Line' and 'AO Edition' badging, LED daytime-running lights, LED tail-lights, halogen projector headlights, fog-lights, the X-Line package (15mm raised ride height, contrast body elements, twin exhaust tips, and rugged body kit), along with electric folding mirrors incorporating the side indicators.
Unlike versions offered overseas, however, local X-Line models will ditch the grey and green interior colour scheme for the black with red option already featured in the GT-Line. The cabin will also feature 'premium' trim for the steering wheel, shift knob and seats, along with alloy sports pedals.
Power will come from the same 1.25-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine as the standard Picanto, making 62kW of power and 122Nm of torque. Interestingly, the dealer bulletin says the X-Line will be available with both a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic – where the GT-Line has only ever been offered with the four-speed auto.
Finally, production for the 2019 Picanto X-Line AO Edition will be capped at 800 units.
So far this year, Kia Picanto sales are up by 76.2 per cent year-to-date (as of July 31) going by the latest VFACTS sales data, giving the Korean manufacturer a staggering 65.5 per cent market share in the micro car segment. No doubt those figures are driving the company's local arm to introduce new variants of its little hatchback.