This curious-looking vehicle is known as the Kia Picanto X-Line, which will go on sale in Europe from the start of Q4 2017. Before that, the most powerful version of the third-generation Picanto will make its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Powered by a 1.0 litre T-GDI petrol engine, the X-Line has 100 PS at 4,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm at its disposal. Said powerplant is also found in the cee’d as well as the Rio, and allows this Picanto variant to hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 10.1 seconds. It’ll even do 4.5 l/100 km, claims Kia, with CO2 emissions quoted to be as low as 104 g/km (NEDC).

While you might be tempted to call it a “warm hatch,” Kia says the X-Line is actually inspired by its crossover and SUV models lines like the Sportage and Sorento. This is reflected in its styling, which is rugged in appearance thanks to black plastic cladding, new bumpers with skid plates and generous use of lime green highlights (silver highlights are also available).

If that isn’t enough, the X-Line also boasts a higher ground clearance of 156 mm, which is 15 mm more than the standard Picanto. The kit list includes 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, reverse camera and a shark-fin antenna.

Moving inside, the X-Line is fitted with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, wireless smartphone charger, USB ports and aluminium pedals. The X-Line also gets a flat-bottom steering wheel that is also found on the Picanto GT Line. Speaking of the GT Line, the 100 PS 1.0 litre T-GDI in the X-Line will also be introduced to the racy GT Line, if you prefer a less crossover-inspired variant.

As for safety kit, the Picanto gets six airbags as standard (driver’s knee airbag optional), an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body construction and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Also available is autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a forward collision warning system (FCWS), along with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

“We launched the new Picanto in Europe earlier this year and it is already outselling its predecessor. Year-on-year, Picanto sales in the first half of 2017 grew 23% to 31,827 units, and globally it is one of our best-selling vehicles. The all-new X-Line will add to that momentum,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer at Kia Motors Europe.