The European-spec Kia Sportage has been revealed by the South Korean manufacturer with design cues that aim to make it a more appealing offer in the highly competitive crossover market. The brand says this variant is inspired by nature as the body takes on a free-flowing, bold, sophisticated and organic form.
The exterior of the European-spec Kia Sportage uses the recently introduced “Opposites United” language and establishes new design boundaries for the manufacturer in an attempt to give it a dramatic presence on European roads. The crossover boasts tense and crisp lines that ripple along the body. Furthermore, clean but muscular surfaces join forces with intricate graphics to give the SUV a dynamic and assertive road presence.
Giving the European-spec Kia Sportage its distinctive look is a black roof that accentuates the sporting profile and highlights the dynamic C-pillar. The addition of a chrome beltline kicks up onto the rear of to create a harmonious line with the rear spoiler that further aims to add to a sporting pedigree. Depending on spec and model, new SUV rides on 17-inch, 18-inch or range-topping 19-inch wheels, with a choice of six different alloy designs, colours and finishes.
At the centre of the European-spec Kia Sportage cabin sits an integrated curved display with a touchscreen pad and sporty air vents. The curved display sweeps across the front of the interior to give the cockpit dramatic width and depth. The 12,3-inch touchscreen and advanced integrated controller act as the nerve centre for driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and usability needs. Both systems have been created to be easy-to-use, highly intuitive and soft to touch. The 12,3-inch instrument cluster is equipped with the latest-generation full thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display for incredibly precise and clear graphics.
New to the badge is a PHEV powertrain which features Kia’s 1,6-litre T-GDI engine with a 66,9 kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13,8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination delivers a total system power output of 195 kW. An HEV model also benefits from the T-GDI but it features a 44,2 kW motor with a 1,49 kWh battery. The total system power of this model is 169 kW.
The European-spec Kia Sportage is under consideration for introduction to the South African market. Once its local launch is confirmed, Kia South Africa will share more details.