The Kia Picanto line-up currently features just the 1.2 EX but several months ago, it was rumoured that two new variants will be added, namely the KX and GT-Line. Now, the latter is being put on display at the ongoing Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018) as part of yet another official preview after last year’s appearance.

Visual cues unique to the Picanto GT-Line include sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts and larger 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/45 profile tyres. The new look also sees the front fog lamps being repositioned within the lower intake; red accents applied on various areas; and a new twin tailpipe.

On the inside, you’ll find a flat-bottomed steering wheel and leather seats, with the latter being an upgrade over the EX’s fabric upholstery. Other enhancements over the EX include a sunroof, a Supervision instrument cluster, automatic air-conditioning, a front armrest, an illuminated vanity mirror, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Look below the number plate holder and you’ll see a panel that hides the sensors for the what should be an autonomous braking system. This feature was purported to be available with the GT-Line, and adds to the Picanto’s list of standard safety features – six airbags, ABS, stability control and hill start assist.

The rest of the kit list is similar to the EX, with projector halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, keyless entry, push-button start, reverse camera, six speakers and a seven-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Based on what’s under the bonnet, this GT-Line is powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa II naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that makes 84 PS at 6,000 rpm and 122 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.

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