Kia’s new Sportage First Edition crossover will offer a petrol-engined version. Due to a very strong demand Kia will be producing a petrol equivalent of the 2.0-litre CRDi model.
Powering the Sportage First Edition 2.0-litre AWD is Kia’s Theta-II 2.0-litre petrol engine, which will offer a five-speed manual transmission and generate 161bhp at 5200rpm and 143lb ft of torque at 4600rpm.
The Sportage petrol model will be able to sprint from zero to 60mph in 10.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 113mph. It offers a combined cycle fuel consumption of 35.8mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 188g/km.
The new petrol-engined Sportage will be offered with the exact same trim level as the diesel model.
Standard features include black leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 18in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, and a color rear-parking camera system integrated into the rear-view mirror.
The crossover, priced at £19,495, can now be ordered. Deliveries begin in October, with an even wider range of engines available. A 2WD model will be offered later this year.
Kia’s new Sportage signals a dramatic shift in Kia’s compact SUV design. The new Sportage is now longer, wider, and lower compared to its previous generation model. Plus, with its ‘tiger face’ incorporating Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer’s stunning signature grille design, which links all new Kia vehicles, the new Sportage is instantly identifiable.
According to Schreyer, the new Sportage is bold and fresh and it embodies the carmaker’s new-found visual dynamism through key features characteristic of an off-road vehicle. These features include a raised ground clearance, a heightened sense of security, and a commanding driving position, all joined together in one sleek, urban-friendly design that carries a global appeal.
Schreyer adds that with the Kia Sportage’s muscular and athletic design, its name suits it perfectly.
Sitting below its central bonnet-mounted badge, the car’s tiger face sweeps out and frames the grille before it broadens out and encompasses the large and piercing headlamps, creating a powerful and distinctive appearance. This strong look is further reinforced by the car’s clamshell bonnet as well as its contours, which flow into raised shoulders then down into the headlamps.
Schreyer says that the clamshell bonnet gives the SUV’s front end a sense of solidity and strength and that together with the front grille, the shoulders create a striking three-dimensional feel aside from helping the driver place the vehicle accurately on the road.
What’s more, the new Kia Sportage’s rakish windscreen angle that smoothly sweeps into the low roofline reinforces the vehicle’s sportiness. The top of the screen also reflects the grille’s profile.
Gregory Guillaume, Kia Europe Chief Designer, explains that the windscreen top’s profile line mirrors the grille’s. He says that Kia first came out with this feature on the Kee concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. This element is also present at the car’s rear, which has a similar distinctive outline at the rear windscreen’s base. These features, along with sculpted flanks that have a stunning concave motif in the car’s door panels and flared wheel-arches, heighten the Sportage's on-the-road visibility.