2016 Kia Sportage The new, fourth-generation Kia Sportage is slated for sales debut in Europe, following its initial premier at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now in its fourth-generation, the new Kia Sportage compact SUV builds comprehensively on the success of the outgoing version, offering an innovative and sophisticated package to buyers in an increasingly competitive market.

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage features a bold look, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. The attractive ‘face’ of the Sportage features the biggest change to the car’s design over its predecessor, with Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the car’s headlamps separated. Further glance at the front entails headlights that are positioned higher, swept back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet and a lower and wider grille to give the Sportage more volume. The result is a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance, despite the similar 1,855 mm width, as its predecessor.

The new Sportage maintains its highly-recognizable profile, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase (now 2,670 mm), 40 mm greater overall vehicle length (to 4,480 mm) and longer, more aerodynamic rear spoiler resulting in a more swept-back shape. From the highest point of the roof, the Sportage’s silhouette gently tapers towards the rear of the car, while bolder wheel arches, sharp features lines, and smooth surfacing endow the Sportage with a more dynamic look. Longer front overhangs (up by 20 mm) and shorter rear overhangs (reduced by 10 mm) add to the car’s more raked profile.

At the rear, the new Sportage features more horizontal forms and clearly defined features lines, with smooth bodywork on the tailgate, emphasizing the car’s width and giving the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Then there’s the slim combination lights running along a horizontal parallel are joined together by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while the turn signals and reversing lights are separate, located lower down to add more visual weight to the lower half. Kia claims the new Sportage is most aerodynamic yet with a cd figure of 0.33, thanks to a re-profiled undercover and newly-designed bumper. Wheel options for the Sportage runs from 16- to 19-inch.

Inside, the fourth-generation is set to be the most practical Sportage yet thanks to increased exterior and interior dimensions, with the vehicle’s development teams realizing greater space and comfort for all passengers. The focus behind the new interior was to create a cabin which offered a wide, driver-oriented dashboard, with a simple, modern design. The interior blends metalwork with soft-touch materials and clearly defined horizontal lines, portraying a high level of mechanical precision.

In addition, the Sportage’s new cabin boasts a high standard of material quality, with a far greater proportion of soft-touch materials and the use of cloth, leather and stitching creating a more upscale ambience. The horizontal lines emphasize the width of the interior more effectively and generate a greater impression of space and sportiness.

The confident lateral design of the dashboard divides it into two clear zones, ‘display’ and ‘control’. The ‘display’ zone is focused purely on delivering information to occupants in the clearest way possible via the driver’s instrument binnacle and optional new 7.0- or 8.0-inch HMI (human-machine interface) systems in the center of the dashboard. Below a clear line running the length of the dashboard is the ‘control’ zone, with the central console cascading downwards and tilted 7.2 degrees towards the driver. The division between the interior’s two zones also lends itself to single or two-tone color schemes, with customers able to choose from either a single-tone (black) or two-tone (Dark and Light Grey or Black and Canyon Beige) cabin. Boot space has also been enlarged, from 465 liters to 503 liters, compared to the 3rd-gen Sportage.

Engine options valid for the new Sportage are the 1.6-liter T-GDI, 1.6-liter GDI and 2.0-liter Turbodiesel, which powers the compact SUV from 132 PS to 185 PS; depending on specifications. All engines are paired to the new seven-speed double-clutch transmission, unless otherwise noted.

The 2016 Kia Sportage is loaded with a host of driver’s assistance systems such as; Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Obviously all necessary safety features come in tact with the new compact SUV by Kia.

The new Kia Sportage is expected to roll out this quarter in Europe, followed immediately by other markets, including Malaysia.

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