The North American debut of the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage compact CUV was made today at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). As you may know already, the new CUV is based on the Kia Kue Concept revealed back in 2007 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and promises to offer a more urban and fluid silhouette than its predecessor.
The 2011 Sportage will be available in two trim levels: LX and EX. The LX trim level offers 16-inch wheels wrapped in 215/70R16 low-rolling resistance silica tires, body-color door handles, adjustable side mirrors with side mirror turn signal indicators, and tinted glass.
The EX trim level offers 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55R18 silica tires, standard body-color heated side mirrors, roof rails, a rear spoiler, chrome body trim and door handles and a chrome-accented radiator grille.
The LX models will feature air conditioning, power windows, 12-volt power outlets in the front and cargo areas, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering wheel and height-adjustable front seats while the EX models will come as standard with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, telescopic steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, automatic folding rear seat, keyless entry with alarm, a dual temperature control air-conditioner with ionized filtration, illuminated and cooled glove box. Also as standard we will find AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service.
The new 2011 Sportage, will be the second model from Kia, after the 2011 Sorento, to offer the UVO powered by Microsoft, the brand's advanced hands-free in-car communication and entertainment system (standard on EX models).
For those who don't know, the UVO enables drivers and passengers to answer and place phone calls, receive and respond to SMS text messages, access music from a variety of media sources and create custom music experiences.
Under the hood we find a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-value four-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Value Timing (CVVT), capable to offer more power and better fuel economy comparing it to the previous 2.7-liter V6 engine. Kia promises a more powerful engine in the 2011 model year. The Sportage is available with -wheel (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations paired to either a six-speed manual transmission (base) or a six-speed automatic transmission.