The Kia Picanto X-Line was first revealed during last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and it has now reached Malaysian shores. The X-Line is inspired by the company’s crossover and SUV models, with an emphasis on being more rugged and visibly striking compared to a regular Piacanto.

Noticeable changes start at the front, where there is a new bumper with lime green highlights on the grille as well as the repositioned fog lamps. Also present are larger corner “inlets” along with a small intake just below the signature “tiger nose” grille. This unit here is finished in Titanium Silver with 2018 FIFA World Cup stripes on the bonnet and tailgate, the latter to represent the carmaker being an official sponsor of the football tournament.

In other areas, you’ll find “skid plates” at the front and rear, while the sides feature black plastic cladding. The Picanto X-Line also gets a set of 16-inch alloy wheels (with 195/45 profile tyres) that are larger than the 14-inch units on the 1.2 EX currently on sale.

A peek inside reveals a new flat-bottom steering wheel (also found on the GT Line trim) and a single-zone automatic air-conditioning system. The latter, along with leather seats, are an upgrade from what you’ll find in the 1.2 EX. Also an addition here is the tilt/slide powered sunroof.

Looking at the area around the rear view mirror and front bumper, there appears to be extra sensors that could indicate the presence of an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system. Previously, a brochure of a purportedly updated Picanto line-up revealed the safety system to be a new addition along with a base KX and high-spec GT Line variants.

Mechanically, the car should remain unchanged from the 1.2 EX variant currently on sale, with a 1.2 litre Kappa II naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine making 84 PS at 6,000 rpm and 122 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Similarly, there’s still a four-speed automatic transmission with drive going to the front wheels.

It isn’t confirmed if the Picanto X-Line will go on sale in the country, but expect it to cost more than the 1.2 EX, which starts at RM47,079 sans GST. Interested?