Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 seen in Malaysia, what’s next?

Updated Oct 19, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Spotted: Does Kia Hint a Release of Its Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 in Malaysia?

Seeing something you have anticipated for in a while at a surprising place, far from where you have first encountered it is truly exciting. Lots of idea pop up in your head, more likely questions out of your eager anticipation. Why is that there? Is there something going on? Is something going to happen? Questions brought about by your tickled imagination and hope.

The same goes to all car lovers out there, especially those who love the classic Kia Picanto. Who wouldn’t adore this petite yet spacious four door hatchback? Last year, during the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia first revealed its X-Line series, which is inspired by crossovers and Sports Utility vehicles. Compared to older model, the new Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 series are leaning more towards the rough look, which I think is more attractive and appealing.

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2018 KIA Picanto X-Line - Exterior and Interior Walkaround

Kia Picanto X-Line angular front

Compared to older Kia Picantos, the new X-Line series are leaning more towards the rough look

Now, this fancy little car was seen in Malaysia. Could it be a clue that it’s being released there? We could only hope and assume. In the meantime, let’s get a little more excited as we go through the specification of Kia X-Line UK release.

Besides the fact that it’s more of a rugged looking Kia Picanto, there are other features to look out for with the new Kia Picanto X-Line 2018. It was first released in the UK, and before it even hits the Malaysian shores, we’ll make sure you are up to speed as to what’s in store for you if you’re considering to buy this new model. Kia released two types of the Picanto X-Line: the X-Line and X-Line S. The former is powered by a three-cylinder, 1.0 L T-GDI engine.

Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 on the road

There are other features to look out for with the new Kia Picanto X-Line 2018

Kia Picanto X-Line S angular front

The X-Line S also comes to life as a new version in the range 

The Kia Picanto we’ve all known through the years sport a classy, smooth, prim and proper, petite look. This time around, when Kia launched the X-line in the UK, they have made some positive and brave changes in its exterior design – it now looks more on the sporty, rugged, rough-edged look. Let’s take a look at it exterior specs. The Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 came in five different colors including the Blue Breeze and the Clear White (standard colors for both Kia Picanto X-Line and X-Line S) and the Titanium Silver, Midnight Black and the Lime Light (premium colors). 

Both Kia Picanto X-Line and X-Line S comes with 16" Alloy Wheels (195/45 R16) with standard body colored bumpers. The X-Line also comes with body colored mirrors and exterior handles, while the Kia Picanto X-line S 2018 has body colored mirrors and chrome exterior handles.

Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 front fascia

They also both sport front & rear bumpers with silver skid plates and twin exhaust. They also both come with black side sill mouldings and wheel arch cladding, black radiator grille with chrome surround and chrome side window trim. Tinted glass also comes in standard, with privacy glass in the rear windows and tailgate.

The two versions also come in Bi-Function Projection Headlights, LED daytime running lights and front fog lights and LED rear lights. Other standard lighting features also include welcome and Follow-me-home Light Functionality, headlight Levelling Device, automatic Headlight Control, rear Fog Light and high-mounted Brake Light.

Window and door-wise, they have a speed variable front wipers, rear wiper and washer and heated rear window. They also both have electrically folding, adjustable & heated door mirrors with LED indicator lights and come with grey faux leather upholstery, sliding & reclining front seats.

As for the steering wheel, they both have tilt steering wheel adjustment and leather trimmed steering wheel with leather trimmed gearshift. Additionally, the X-Line S comes with heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Especially, the X-Line does not come with a Sunroof, however while X-Line S does.

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Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 interior

The Kia Picanto X-Line gets a classy interior

Door handles come in satin chrome interior and high gloss center fascia trim. In terms of A/C, the X-Line comes with the standard air conditioning while the X-Line S comes with automatic air conditioning. They also both come with steering wheel mounted controls, front & rear electric windows with driver's auto Up/Down function and stainless steel pedals.

The X-Line S comes with smart key with engine start/stop button and cruise control and speed limiter. The X-line on the other hand has remote central door locking & fold-away key.

Standard seating, storage and lighting include the following features:

  • 60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats
  • 3 x Passenger Assist Grips           
  • 1 x Coat Hook (Rear)      
  • Front 12V Power Socket              
  • Glovebox           
  • Front Passenger Seatback Pocket            
  • Centre Console with Storage Box and Sliding Armrest    
  • Centre Console Cupholders       
  • Front Cabin Light             
  • Driver & Front Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror (X-Line)
  • Driver & Front Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror (Illuminated Driver's Side – X Line S)
  • Tyre Repair Kit (X-Line S)
  • Dual Height Luggage Area Floor (X-Line S)
  • Luggage Net & Hooks (X-Line S)
  • Luggage Area Light
  • Luggage Area Parcel Shelf

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Kia Picanto X-line 2018 angular rear

The X-Line does not come with a Sunroof, however while X-Line S does

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Audio, video and entertainment features include the following for the X-Line and X-Line S series:

  • 6-speaker audio System
  • 7" Touchscreen Display with RDS & DAB (X-Line)
  • 7" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with RDS & DAB (X-Line S)
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)
  • Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates) for X-Line S
  • Bluetooth® with Music Streaming
  • Apple CarPlay™ with voice control
  • Android Auto™ with voice control
  • Wireless Mobile Phone Charger (X-Line S)
  • USB & AUX Ports for Connection of a Media Device
  • 2.6" Supervision Monochrome Cluster Display   
  • Rear Parking Sensors *
  • Tachometer
  • Trip Computer
  • External Temperature Display

As for safety features, both versions come equipped with a lenthy list of techs including  AABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake-Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Motor Driven Power Steering.

Some security features are also armed for the Kia Picanto X-Line 2018 and the Kia Picanto X-Line S 2018 like Anti-Theft Alarm System, Engine Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN), Child Safety Rear Door Locks, Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking, etc. For a more affordable option, you can also take a look at the used Kia Picanto 2012 for sale

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Know more about Kia Picanto 2023

Kia Picanto

The Picanto is a city car model sold by Kia Philippines. There are is one for this model, the Picanto EX MT. Prices for this Kia Picanto 2023 trim currently stands at Php 700,000.

In the Philippines, the Kia Picanto uses a 1.2-liter engine that can produce up to 83 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque. It is then paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. 

Size-wise, the Picanto is 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide, and 1,495mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,400mm. 

Locally, the Kia Picanto competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Suzuki S-Presso, and Chevrolet Spark. 

₱ 700,000

Ivy Kristia Padura

Ivy Kristia Padura


Ivy is one of the first Philkotse's content writers. She finds joy in sharing her driving tips, particular for dealing with heavy traffic in Metro Manila, with other fellow drivers.

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