Kia took to the stage at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce the new 2017 Sportage.
The fourth-generation Sportage has an all-new look and is slightly longer than today’s model, though width remains the same. Improved aerodynamics are a result of the fresh styling and new proportions, bringing the drag coefficient from 0.35 to 0.33 Cd, while passengers also benefit thanks to more legroom and headroom.
A range of engines are available including a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder along with a turbocharged version of this same engine that is available exclusively with the Sportage R-Line model. A 2.0-liter turbo diesel will also be available, but U.S. availability remains unclear.
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Buyers who opt for the 1.6-liter turbo get Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain is likely for the U.S. market thanks to its combination of power and fuel efficiency.
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Kia says that the noise, vibration and harshness of the Sportage has been vastly improved, complementing the crossover’s redesigned interior. Soft-touch materials are found throughout the cabin along with high-quality leather with contract stitching.
The previously mentioned R-Line Sportage is new for this year and its meant to accent the crossover’s sporty side. Not only do you get a turbocharged engine, it also comes with a D-shaped steering wheel, aluminum alloy pedals, larger 19-inch wheels, dual-exhaust, a metal rear diffuser and some other exterior accents to help it stand out.
Like with most new cars, safety equipment is not in short supply, with the Sportage featuring autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, high-beam assist, speed limit information, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.
The new 2017 Kia Sportage goes on sale across Europe in the spring of 2016. U.S. availability has not yet been revealed.
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