Kia is set to launch the fourth generation of one of their longest-running models, the Kia Sportage. The compact crossover dubbed the 2017 Kia Sportage has received a comprehensive redesign which Kia says is inspired by the modern fighter jet.
The European version of the Sportage was first launched during last year’s Frankfurt Auto show. Read along to find what changes the automaker has introduced to the new Sportage;
2017 Kia Sportage Exterior
The 2017 Kia Sportage US version looks identical to the European version. The model features the signature tiger nose grille which is flanked by redesigned HID headlights.
The front bumper has also been redesigned and is integrated with LED fog lights which aid in poorly illuminated terrains. At the back, the vehicle’s taillights have been simplified to generic teardrop shapes and are joined by a chrome accent bar. I believe the previous Tiger-Nose shaped taillights were very stylish and it’s a shame the automaker has done away with them.
The vehicle also features shapely curves and creases around the hood and door panels which is a shift from the outgoing model’s more flatter and linear surfaces. The vehicle also features a more sloping roofline and a longer spoiler which create a swept-back and aggressive stance.
In terms of dimensions, the Sportage is bigger measuring 176.4 inches long which is a 1.6-inch increase. Its 105.1 –inch wheelbase is also longer by 1.2 inches. Its height and width remain unchanged. The vehicle rides on 19-inch wheels.
2017 Kia Sportage Interior
The cabin of the new Kia Sportage 2017 is roomier than before. Passengers will enjoy the 0.2 inch increase in headroom in front and 0.6 inches at the rear. Cargo space behind the rear seats has also increased by 4.6 cubic feet to 30.7 cubic feet. The cabin features metal elements and a huge dose of soft-touch materials. It will be offered in either black and beige or black and two-tone grey color schemes.
The base model is upholstered in a quality cloth. The EX and SX trims on the other hand feature leather upholstered seats. The SX also features a new, D-shaped , heated steering wheel wrapped in leather, a stylish dashboard stitching, aluminum alloy pedals and a piano black trim on its center console. The SX further offers heated front seats with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat as options.
The Sportage cabin is very quiet courtesy of addition of extra sound-absorbent materials, suspension improvements, and a lip seal on the sunroof as well as a thicker front glass.
The base LX features a standard a 5.0-inch touch-screen with Bluetooth connectivity and 160-watt audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio. The EX on the other hand features a 7.0-inch capacitive touch-screen which is integrated with the automaker’s new UVO3 infotainment system. The system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 8 GB of music storage. The SX Turbo trim on the other hand features an 8.0-inch touch-screen which adds a navigation system.
Switching to safety matters, the Kia Sportage will feature lane departure warning, ABS, blind spot monitoring, bi-xenon high intensity headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, stability and traction control, enhanced seatbelts and bolstered airbags. Its body uses almost three times the amount of high-strength steel compared to the outgoing model. This is meant to improve its ratings in crash tests.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the Kia Sportage 2017 will feature two drive-trains. The base engine will be a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder engine which is capable of producing 181 hp and 175 l-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing models, the new engine has lost 1 hp and gained 2 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be featured o the LX and EX trims.
The top SX trim will be powered by a 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which will come good with 241 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque compared to the outgoing model’s 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will be mated to a 6-speed Sportmatic transmission system that sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels. The automaker is yet to announce the vehicle’s official EPA ratings, acceleration and top speed details.
Price and release date
The 2017 Kia Sportage will arrive in dealer showrooms in the spring of 2016. The automaker is yet to set its official prices but revealed that the price will be very competitive. According to rumors, this competitive price could start at around $ 22,500.
The vehicle will be displayed at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show which starts on February 13th. Therefore, check back for more details on this new Kia Sportage crossover SUV.
The compact crossover market is very competitive. The new Kia Sportage will contend with the likes of Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.