Kia reveals facelifted 2014 Sportage, U.S. version image

The Coreean automaker has taken the wraps off its U.S. Sportage, complete with a restyle for the 2014 model year – changes are light, featuring just a revised design and additional standard equipment.

On the outside the Sportage CUV looks almost the same with the 2013 model, as the changes only affect cosmetically the overall design, via a revised grille and restyled fog lamps (on the EX variant). The crossover can also be equipped with optional HID headlights and LED taillights.

The interior changes are also in the featherweight department, with an added tilt and telescopic steering column now standard across all trims for added driver comfort. Also, all trims feature now standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats. The EX trim adds standard heated front seats, Infinity Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink and heated outside mirrors.

There is also a new Premium package, which adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM Traffic, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors. For all levels the UVO system’s capabilities have been upgraded, adding a new telematics suite (“eServices”) enabled by a free smartphone app that provides drivers with in-vehicle connectivity, including diagnostics capabilities and added convenience features.

In the U.S. market, Sportage is powered by two engines, a 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and a 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX) powertrain. The new 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder produces 182 bhp (135 kW) and 177 lb-ft (239 Nm) of torque – an increase of 6 bhp (4 kW) and 9 lb-ft (12 Nm). Connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, it enables the front-wheel drive model to return 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway (US).