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Kia announces Sportage details

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Adam Schoeman

Four-wheel drive and features turbocharged petrol and diesel engines

Kia’s successful small SUV, the Sportage, has been rebuilt for its four-generation return, and it looks to continue offering affordable big-car motoring.

The range is split according to engine, four or front-wheel drive and trim level, as well as what gearbox is available. The potential Sportage buyer has a lot of options when figuring out which SUV is right for them, eleven to be exact.

The trim levels will be denoted as 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as a GT-Line and range-topping First Edition. Each of those specifications is by default linked to a front-wheel drive setup but can be optioned to a four-wheel drive Sportage. This adds the KX designation before the badge name so that a “3” trim in four-wheel drive will be marketed as a KX-3.

Kicking off the range is Kia’s 1,6-litre GDi turbocharged petrol motor which is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. “2” and “3” both use the older 2,0-litre 100 kW CRDi diesel motor linked to a manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

“4” uses the newer and most frugal 84 kW 1.7 CRDi diesel also in a choice of six-speed manual or automatic. It has less power than the entry-level 2,0-litre but has the lowest emissions of the range, clocking in at 127g/km.

The GT-line will use either the 1,6-litre GDi turbocharged petrol engine but linked to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, or the most powerful  135 kW CRDi 2,0-litre diesel.

The First Edition will come with only the 135 kW CRDi diesel.

Standard options across the range include Bluetooth, hill-start assist, cruise control and leather bound steering wheel. From the “2” specification and up the Sportage interior receives either a 7 or 8-inch touchscreen with sat-nav. Some of the better-specced cars will receive cutting edge technology such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and other safety themed trinkets.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

The GT-Line will be the most visually impactful, receiving a set of 19″ wheels to ride on as well as quad front fog lights and dual exhausts. Paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel will control a dual-clutch equipped gearbox.

The exterior of the car has been heavily revised but it would seem that the engine lineup is quite similar to that of the outgoing Sportage. That might be true but there have been improvements across most of the range. The older 2,0-litre diesel has had its emissions reduced by 29g/km while gaining 50 Nm of torque for a total of 370 Nm.

The more powerful 2,0-litre diesel has also learnt a thing or two, gaining improvements in emissions and torque; it reduces its emissions by 23g/km and is now rated at 400 Nm of torque.

These are the specs for the European market but we would think that when our lineup is released later this year that it will be a similar story, even if the names are different.

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