With a new body shell, new engines and fresh, bold styling the latest Kia Sportage is an urban-friendly compact SUV for today’s eco-conscious families. When the full range of new Sportage models is on sale later this year in Europe, it will be available with four engines: two petrol and two diesel. Both manual and automatic transmissions and a choice between two-wheel or four-wheel drive will also be available.
New safety features include ESC with a new roll-over sensor that deploys the side airbags, curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners when required, Hillstart Assist Control to prevent roll-back when starting on an incline, Downhill Brake Control to limit speed during a steep descent and an ESS system which flashes the brake lights during an emergency. A new rear-view safety camera will be available as an option on all models.
Manual air-conditioning is standard. The audio system features an RDS radio and CD player with Mp3, USB and iPod connectivity – with door-mounted speakers and a tweeter at each end of the dashboard.
An all-new audio visual navigation system with a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth and voice recognition will be offered. Other high-tech features include: Xenon HID headlamps, LED running lights, keyless entry, engine start button, built-in sat-nav and full-length panoramic glass sunroof.
Longer, lower and wider than the previous generation model, the new Sportage is immediately identifiable by its “tiger” face design that links all new Kia models. The new Sportage’s spacious cabin looks as dynamic as its exterior.