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The 2016 Kia Sportage Is Here, and It Comes with Lots of Goodies

Now in its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage will be available for purchase across the European markets in the first trimester of 2016, and it comes with a fresh design, advanced technologies, and an improved interior.
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The compact SUV market is a very competitive segment where every carmaker is fighting for supremacy with everything they’ve got. Kia wants to make itself noticed with the new Sportage by offering an innovative and sophisticated package to buyers.

The vehicle has been designed by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, and stands out thanks to its lower and wider tiger-nose grille, headlamps positioned higher, more aerodynamic rear spoiler, bolder wheel arches, sharp lines, dual-exhaust pipes and metal-effect rear underbody diffuser that give the new Sportage a much sportier appearance.

For the first time, the South Korean carmaker introduced a GT line specification to its new SUV, which further develops the exterior look with its ice-cube LED fog lamps and aluminum-effect skid plates.

The all-new interior features high-quality materials and design integrity. The team responsible for creating the cabin wanted to keep it simple yet modern by using soft-touch materials such as cloth or leather. The wide, driver-oriented dashboard and a central console tilted 7.2 degrees towards the driver completes the freshly designed interior.

As safety is very important, the new Sportage comes as standard with a large number of airbags, ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor for the second row of seats, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, electric motor-driven power steering. Depending on the market, the customers will be able to choose from an extensive variety of safety systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keeping Assist System, High Beam Assist, Speed Limit Information Function, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The new Sportage will be available with a broad choice of gasoline and diesel engines. The range of gasoline engines is made up of a 1.6-liter GDI that produces 132 PS and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque, and a 1.6-liter T-GDI power unit, available for the first time on the Sportage, capable of 177 PS and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque.

Customers who prefer diesel will be able to choose either a 1.7-liter CRDi engine, from the third-generation model, or an upgraded 2.0-liter R power unit, which comes with two power outputs: 136 PS with 373 Nm (275 lb-ft) of torque or 185 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, with both versions being available both on the standard Sportage and on the GT Line specification.

As for the transmission, Kia offers two options: the all-new seven-speed double clutch or the six-speed manual and automatic gearbox.

The Kia Sportage has been a major contributor to Kia’s sustained growth and success across Europe in recent years. Made here in Europe, it’s an incredibly important car for us. More customers than ever are turning to SUVs, and there is now greater competition in the compact segment than ever before,” Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, stated.
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