Suzuki S-Presso faces a worthy rival with the Kia Picanto X-Line

Updated Nov 26, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The X-Line is expected to be 15 mm higher than the standard Picanto model.

Going bigger seems to be the likely trend in today’s auto scene. This trend is seen in the new Suzuki S-Presso that was first introduced in 2019.

The S-Presso features a staggering 180 mm ground clearance despite its subcompact nature. Now, a refreshed Picanto is joining the fray which is called the X-Line.

The 2020 Picanto X-Line provides a more muscular and sleeker design cue that automatically sets it apart from the standard Kia Picanto models.

It features a tiger-nose grille with chrome trims, larger front bumper, side protection moldings placed on the lower section of the doors, and a rear bumper designed with faux rear skid plates and dual exhaust pipes.

The Kia X-Line

The updates are undeniably well-designed

Inside, the X-Line is offered with the optional Lime Pack cabin trim. It gives the interior a black finish with lime contrast stitching, white seat bolsters, silver metal transmission, and silver-lime accents on the doors.

According to reports, the X-Line will provide a higher ground clearance by 15 mm as compared to the standard Kia Picanto. The Picanto’s ground clearance is currently listed at 151 mm.

Are we going to see the Picanto X-Line compete with the S-Presso in terms of impressive ground clearance numbers?

Side view of the Picanto

We honestly think this facelift model would sell in the local market

Performance-wise, both cars share similar power output figures. The Picanto is powered by a 1.0-liter engine capable of generating 66 hp and 95 Nm of torque, while the Suzuki S-Presso uses a 1.0-liter engine that produces 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque.

However, a 1.2-liter engine is also available for the Picanto with 84 hp and 122 Nm of torque.

>>> Related: Need a car for mobility? Drive home a Kia Picanto for P21k this month

Interior view of the Picanto X-Line

Interior view of the Picanto X-Line

As of now, there are no confirmations just yet from Kia Philippines as to whether the refreshed Picanto X-Line will be introduced in the country or not. It is set to be sold across Europe in the third quarter of 2020 with the official pricing yet to be announced.

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Kia Picanto

The new Kia Picanto is a fun, vibrant car that performs well on the road. This sporty hatchback is well-loved because of its advantageous size that can smoothly cruise in challenging spaces. The available variants in the Philippine market are the Kia Picanto 1.0 LX MT, the Kia Picanto 1.0 LX AT, the Kia Picanto 1.2 EX MT, and the Kia Picanto 1.2 EX AT. It comes with exterior color options such Titanium Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, Milky Beige, Clear White, and Sparkling Silver. To match its lively personality, Pop Orange, Shiny Red, Lime Light, Honey Bee, Alice Blue, Celestial Blue are also up for sale.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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