The 2017 Kia Sportage has arrived in the U.S., making its debut at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
Entering its fourth generation, the Kia Sportage is the Korean automaker’s longest-running nameplate and the latest model improves in all categories. Compared to its predecessor, the overall length of the crossover has been increased 1.6 inches to 176.4 inches, while it rides on a wheelbase that has been stretched 1.2 inches to 105.1 inches. As a result, interior dimensions have grown to provide more space and comfort for passengers with headroom increasing 0.2 inches to 39.3 inches in the front and 0.6 inches to 39.1 inches in the rear. Legroom has improved slightly in front while the rear gets a more generous 0.3 inches to 38.2 inches. Cargo capacity also sees a jump from 26.1 cubic feet to 30.7 cubic feet thanks to an innovative dual-level cargo floor and a widened luggage area.
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Heading to dealerships next year, the 2017 Kia Sportage will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX Turbo. The Sportage LX and EX models will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine with 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while the SX Turbo boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill with 241 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All models will be offered in front- or all-wheel drive, both coupled to a six-speed Sportmatic transmission.
The all-new Sportage will also be the first Kia model to offer the latest version of the company’s telematics and infotainment system, UVO3, complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and UVO eServices with 14 telematics services.
“Simply put, the Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CUV segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features. Sales of compact CUVs are on a sharply upward trajectory, and the all-new 2017 Sportage hits the sweet spot by providing an alternative for those seeking to express themselves with a vehicle that’s versatile enough to suit their unique lifestyle.”
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