Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) has announced a trio of special editions to mark the Australian Open tennis tournament beginning in January (of which it's the major sponsor), with the Picanto micro hatch, Sportage medium SUV and Sorento large SUV all receiving the limited-run treatment.
First off the rank is the Picanto X-Line, which takes the specification of the GT-Line and adds a number of enhancements, including 16-inch alloys, 15mm-higher suspension, premium seats with red accents, a premium steering wheel and shift knob, alloy sports pedals, electric folding mirrors, LED position lights with daytime running lights (DRLs), LED rear combination lights, projection headlights, front foglights, X-Line and AO Edition badging, plus the X-Line exterior package of contrasting body accents, dual exhaust tips and a bodykit.
Five colours are available – 'Signal Red', 'Clear White', 'Titanium Silver', 'Aurora Black' and 'Alice Blue'.
Like all AO Editions, the Picanto comes with drive-away pricing – $16,990 for the five-speed manual and $17,990 for the four-speed auto. Motivation comes from a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine developing 65kW/122Nm.
The Sportage AO Edition takes the specification of the entry-level Si and adds 18-inch alloys, LED DRLs, LED positioning lamps and integrated side steps.
Two powertrain options are available – a 114kW/192Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed auto, or a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder with 136kW/400Nm, an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
Pricing sits at $30,990 drive-away and $36,390 for the petrol and diesel respectively. Colours include 'Clear White', 'Steel Grey', 'Fiery Red', 'Mercury Blue', 'Sparkling Silver' and 'Cherry Black'.
Last is the Sorento AO Special Edition – also based on the Si – which adds 18-inch hoops, LED fog lights and integrated side steps, and is also offered with the choice of petrol or diesel engines.
The front-drive, 3.5-litre petrol V6 produces 206kW/336Nm and is priced from $43,990 drive-away, while the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel all-wheel drive produces 147kW/440Nm and asks $46,490 drive-away.
Six hues are available – 'Clear White', 'Silky Silver', 'Steel Grey', 'Platinum Graphite', 'Aurora Black Pearl' and 'Gravity Blue'.
Like all Kia models, the special editions come with a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
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