The South Korean carmaker has revealed three images of its upcoming new Sportage interior and also the car’s underpinnings.
While we’re talking about a 4th generation here, the 2016 Kia Sportage was built as an entirely new model and it is 40 mm longer that the previous model, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase, while keeping its same height of 1635 mm. The new car body is more aerodynamically efficient with the drag having been reduced from 0.35 to 0.33 Cd due to a revised undercover and new bumpers.
Its trunk capacity has also grown because of its bigger size, from 465 litres to 503 liters, bumping the fuel tank’s size from 58 to 62 liters. There are alloy wheel options available, ranging in size from 16 to 19 inches, including an exclusive 19-inch wheel design for the newly added GT Line, which has a sportier design with ice cube LED fog lamps, dual exhaust mufflers, metal-like underbody diffuser and a sharper suspension setup.
The new car will have a 1.6 liter GDI engine that develops 132 PS and 161 Nm of torque, with a turbocharged version that changes the output to 177 PS and 265 NM. The more economical version is the 115 PS 1.7 liters CRDi turbodiesel or the upgraded option of 2.0 liter with 136 PS and 373 NM or 184 PS and 400 Nm. Based on your chosen engine, Kia will offer you a six-speed transmission, an automatic and a new seven-speed dual-clutch box.
In the cabin, there is a larger 7- and 8- inch touch screen with a standard 6-speaker, 160-watt sound system or the optional 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL setup. The car offers extra 5mm of headroom in the front and 16 mm at the back, while the legroom space has also increased by 19 mm in the front and 7mm in the rear. For an additional fee, you can have the car configured with heated front seats. The car’s rear seats can be declined in 17 positions available.
After the car will premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month, the 2016 Kia Sportage will go on sale in Europe in the first months of 2016.