After the debut of 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV, was also expected presentation of the new generation Kia Sportage model. However, fourth-generation Sportage SUV will arrive in 2016. The 2017 Kia Sportage will be presented in early 2016. Start of sales is expected in the first half of the year.
Although developed side by side, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are not presented simultaneously. The current Kia Sportage SUV is present on the market since 2011. The 2017 Sportage will be the creator of a new generation of models. Nonetheless, major changes and improvements compared to the current model is not provided.
2017 Kia Sportage Changes
Model for the 2016 year will be amended in relation to the 2015 model. Although the changes are minimal, they will raise the quality of the vehicle. Empowerment is related to the level of equipment, which is offered as standard in certain trim levels. 2016 Sportage LX will expand the list of standard equipment, with a new touchscreen display with backup camera. 2016 EX model will get new leather trim as standard.
The 2017 Kia Sportage will be minimally changed in comparison to the current model. The vehicle will remain the same size as the current model. Changes in design, were inspired by Kia KX3 concept model. The new generation will be characterized by more prominent Tiger nose grille and highly-mounted headlights. On the rear side of the vehicle is noticeable minimal design changes light clusters. 2017 model gets a different dimension of the rear lights. Changes to the interior include the aforementioned improvements, which brings the 2016 model.
2017 Kia Sportage Specs
Model for the 2016 year will retain the drive units of the current model. These are four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine with 182 horsepower and the 2.0-liter turbo engine with 260 horsepower. Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD as standard, while the AWD is available as an option.
However, the 2017 Kia Sportage, representing the fourth generation, will arrive with some improvement. The 2017 Kia Sportage will appear with downsized turbo engine, dual-clutch transmission and electronic driver aids. New engines, should expand supply and bring greater diversity. Some of the new engines, which are referred to as options, the 1.7-liter CRDi diesel engine with 131 horsepower, and two petrol engines. These are the 1.2-liter T-GDI engine with approximately 132 horsepower and a 1.6-liter GDI engine with 204 horsepower. There will be a new 7-speed transmission with dual-clutch.
At the top of the range stands out 2017 Kia Sportage Sport model. It is characterized by the highest level of equipment and performance. Under the hood of this model, will be located 2.0-liter T-GDI engine with 245 horsepower.