KIA Sportage has often been criticized for its unappealing design and exteriors. Biggest obstacle the latest version of this compact crossover SUV will face is overhauling the reputation of being a badly designed car. With 2018 KIA Sportage, South Korean automobile giant looks to address this issue.
How much will it be worth and when will it be available?
Base model of the KIA Sportage 2018 will be priced at approximately $23,000. Sports model will be priced quite higher. The car is likely to hit the streets in third or fourth quarter of the year 2017.
2018 KIA Sportage More appealing looks
The last version (second generation) of Sportage had a major design change with aggressive styling and a larger looking front. The large head lamps and large grille did not turn out to be popular among consumers. KIA Sportage 2018 will have an exterior which is in sync with the design of other automobiles in lineup. Lower grille mounted a little higher is to be expected. Front bumper will have larger air ducts for greater air intake and smaller fog lights.
Top of the line interior
Interiors in 2018 KIA Sportage will have the panache of an Audi. The cabin offered is arguably best in class. The materials used for designing interiors are of rich quality and the detailing is splendid. The driving position is good. A flat-bottomed steering wheel is being offered. These features are hard to find in any other car in this segment.
Current models features commands on wheel will help control with the infotainment system. The central console has a large sized display studded in the upper part. Below it is USB ports to charge mobile phones and audio controls and climate control. New safety equipment and technology will be added to the 3rd generation of this compact SUV.
Engine aspects and transmission
Current model of Sportage in USA comes with 2 engine variants and with a few more variants in Europe. KIA Sportage 2018 will be powered by below engine variants. Turbocharged 1.6 liter inline-4 petrol engine variant would be available in US as well as European markets. The engine will offer 180 HP of power and a torque of 190 lb-ft. Additionally, 1.7 liter and 2-liter diesel engine variants will be available in Europe. These variants will offer 120 HP and 180 HP respectively and torque more than 200 lb-ft. Also, a turbocharged 2-liter inline-4 petrol engine variant would be available in the US. The engine will offer 240 HP power and a torque of 260 lb-ft.
No diesel variant will be available. For its gearbox, the 1.6-liter engine will be coupled to a 7 speed automatic transmission (dual clutch) in order to boost fuel economy. 2-liter engine will be coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission.
Will it make it or break it?
2018 KIA Sportage may prove out to be most well equipped SUV in its price bracket. The classy interiors and a revamped front look may be able to propel this automobile to achieve improved market acceptance.