Smart, comfy all-new Kia Sportage

HARARE - Conceived for urban adventure, the completely redesigned Kia Sportage is the most extraordinary compact crossover on the road today.

With an imposing appearance, a rock-solid stance, an upgraded cabin and the torque to take you wherever the journey leads you — including the pothole-filled Western suburb roads —the new Sportage is a stylish, bolder-than-ever standout in an otherwise utilitarian category.

On the market since 1993, the brand has done exceptionally well on the market barely six months after it was launched. Kia first introduced the Sportage in 1993, and sold the model across the globe until 2004.

The second-generation Sportage, introduced in 2005, immediately caught the eye and went on to become a bestseller for Kia, with more than 860 000 units finding homes during its six-year lifespan.

Kia Motors recently lunched an upgraded Sportage which is available in two engines — a smooth 2,0 D-CVVT petrol engine and a more powerful 2,0 VGT CRDi diesel engine.

The petrol engine is more refined than before and is now paired with a six-speed manual and automatic transmission, resulting in improved fuel consumption.

The ambitious and confident vehicle setting out to take on European and Japanese rivals head on, the Sportage is a markedly classier, more distinguished and dynamically resolved vehicle than the one it replaces.

Boasting new infotainment, convenience and driver assistance technologies the nimble new Sportage’s chassis enhancements also make it a more refined and agile drive.

Assertive and taut, the new Sportage’s evolution of Kia’s corporate “tiger” nose fascia features a larger low-set grille for improved engine cooling, and higher set headlights stretching back to scalloped bonnet edges.

From rear quarter view, it is bulging and athletic, with tight rear lights, strong shoulders and rear arches.

The newly designed 17” — and 18” alloy wheels improve vehicle rigidity and contribute to a refined driving experience and enhanced N.V.H levels. The re-designed rear combination lamps are striking and add a touch of sportiness to the rear.

The newly upgraded Sportage’s driver space is improved and features many enhancements. It is an ideal family car with spacious interior and large storage space. The interior finishing clearly exhibits the Koreans’ finesse and attention to detail.

The door upper trim features soft padding with newly developed IMG (In-Mould Graining) processed textures and offers a higher quality finish.

The new Sportage offers a quieter and smoother driving experience thanks to multiple improvements on the core areas of the body structure.

The soundproof windshield glass helps to reduce wind noise, while improvements to the core areas of the body structure, such as the bush-mounted sub-frames reduce the penetration noise caused by acceleration.  Indeed you are assured of a more quitter and luxurious drive in the New Sportage.

The AWD models feature a new supervision cluster, newly designed centre fascia and a state -of-the-art infinity sound system. The supervision instrument cluster features a new 4,2-inch TFT LCD screen which provides digitally displayed vehicle information.

The dot-matrix centre fascia display on the previous Sportage AWD model is replaced with a 4,3-inch TFT LCD touch screen, which doubles up as a rear-view camera display when reverse mode is activated.

The Infinity sound system has a sub-woofer, external amplifier and built-in hard drive that has music storing functionality. 

The 2.0 CVVT petrol engine offers a more refined driving experience. The engine generates power of 116kW @ 6200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.

The old 5-speed manual gearbox on this model is replaced by a smoother and more refined 6-speed transmission, which results in improved fuel consumption.

The diesel 2.0 VGT CRDi engine delivers maximum power of 130 kW @ 4000 rpm and 382 Nm of torque between 1800-2500 rpm. Both engines are available in 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

The steering on the diesel models change from hydraulic assisted steering to motor driven power steering. The enhanced Sportage is more refined than the current model, with a number of changes designed to minimise noise, vibration and harshness.

Sportage will be available in three packages: the entry level Ignite model, only available in petrol, along with a 2WD package and the top of the range, full house AWD package, both available in petrol and diesel.

The upgraded Sportage is available in eight colours which are Clear White, Bright Silver, Mineral Silver, Sand Track, Black Cherry, Vintage Blue, Signal Red and Sage Green.

Kia Motors Zimbabwe, the sole distributor of Kia vehicles in the country, said all models come standard with a 5-year / 150000 km warranty (up from 100 000km).

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