Kia Australia has announced a new trio of Australian Open Special Editions for the upcoming 2019 tennis grand slam, including the local debut of the crossover-styled Picanto X-Line.
Introduced after unprecedented demand for the micro hatch, the Picanto X-Line trades the sporting look of the GT-Line for a more adventurous aesthetic, donning 15mm raised suspension, contrasting plastic cladding with skid plate-style treatments at the front and rear, along with unique 16-inch alloy wheels.
Like the GT-Line, the X-Line gets projector halogen headlights with LED daytime-running lights, LED tail-lights, front fog-lights, electric folding side mirrors, 'premium' leather look seat, steering wheel and shift knob trim, and red interior accents.
Five colour options will be available: Clear White, Signal Red, Titanium Silver, Aurora Black and Alice Blue. All hues bar the Clear White are a $520 extra.
Power comes from the same naturally-aspirated 1.25-litre petrol engine as the Picanto S and GT-Line, making 62kW at 6000rpm and 122Nm at 4000rpm.
However, unlike the GT-Line, the X-Line will be available with both a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic, with prices starting at $16,990 drive-away and $17,990 drive-away respectively.
"Since we first introduced Picanto into what we were warned was a dead segment, this little star has captured the imagination in a way which is nothing short of amazing," said Damien Meredith, chief operating officer for Kia Australia.
"It has not only revived the segment but regenerated interest every time a new model or derivative has been introduced. The X-Line is continuing that trend."
The Sportage AO Edition is based on the entry-level Si, gaining 18-inch alloys, LED daytime-running lights, and integrated side steps as standard equipment.
Both petrol front-wheel drive and diesel all-wheel drive versions will be offered, starting at $30,990 drive-away and $36,390 drive-away respectively.
Like other models in the Sportage range, the 2.0-litre 'MPI' petrol sends 114kW and 192Nm to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, while the 2.0-litre 'CRDI' sends 136kW and 400Nm to an on-demand all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed auto.
Pictured: Sportage SLi (similar to AO Edition specification)
The Sportage AO Edition is available in Clear White (standard), Steel Grey, Fiery Red, Mercury Blue, Sparkling Silver and Cherry Black. Premium paints asks for $520 extra.
Finally, the Sorento AO Edition is based on the base Si variant like its Sportage stablemate, bringing equipment enhancements like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog-lights and integrated side steps.
Pricing starts at $43,990 drive-away for the 206kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 with front-wheel drive, and $46,490 drive-away for the 147kW/441Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with all-wheel drive.
Regardless of drivetrain, all Sorentos come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pictured: Kia Sorento Sport (similar to AO Edition specification)
Colours for the limited-edition Sorento include Clear White (standard), Silky Silver, Steel Grey, Platinum Graphite, Aurora Black and Gravity Blue. Premium paints attract a $595 premium.
The Kia Australian Open Special Editions are available now.