Kia is a well-known South Korean automobile manufacturing company known for its excellence in its field of crossovers and SUVs with its sale ranking second after Hyundai. To continue with the success of its currently running model of Kia Sportage, the company has decided to launch a new edition, the 2018 Kia Sportage. The company expects another big success of this loved model among car enthusiasts.
The upcoming model from Kia, the 2018 Sportage comes a year after this model underwent full redesign. Primarily, redesign corrected two main issues cramped rear seat and firm ride. Now model is longer with more rear space thanks to 1.2 additional inches in this area. It is also now capable to deliver smoother ride thanks to improvements on suspension. However, it is also sportier and better equipped.
As for 2018 model, it won’t bring big changes. We should expect incremental updates in tech and safety segments. Engines might also see some tuning for better outputs. However, the brand should expose more details soon when we would know more details.
2018 Kia Sportage: Powertrains
Don’t expect big changes in engine department. Retuned outputs might slightly improve its performance but we should expect the same engine order.
So, this sporty SUV from Kia will be available with 2 options for its engine. The base motivator 2018 Kia Sportage is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine. In its current form it can deliver 181 hp and torque of 175 pound-feet.
For more power and therefore peppier acceleration a version of this model will include a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Expected output is around 240 hp and torque is about 260 lb-ft.
A 6-speed automatic transmission will provide smooth shifts for both engines. And choice between front- and all-wheel drive is also present.
2018 Kia Sportage: Styling
Going by its name, 2018 Kia Sportage will come with an added sporty look. Its rear spoilers and chrome finished front grille adds a classy touch to this SUV. The daytime glowing headlights are sharper and sleeker this time. The LED-lamp fitted taillamps are perfectly designed. Both front and rear bumpers should receive few modifications.
No official word in this section is available yet. As per sources, this model won’t experience radical changes in this area. So, inside we should expect well-executed, class competitive material quality, and outstanding passenger comfort and space.
On that we should also add responsive and easy to use UVO infotainment system with 8-inch high-definition screen in higher trims. But also available navigation, strong Harman Kardon sound system, and more.
Other convenience features will include heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, hands-free tailgate, a sunroof, auto-dimming rear mirror, leather upholstery with contrasting accents and more.
Safety features will cover systems like blind-zone monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, lane departures warning, etc.
2018 Kia Sportage: Release Date and Price
The new model 2018 Kia Sportage should come to market towards the second part of the year 2017. Its pricing made in a very affordable range compared to the other crossovers currently present with the showrooms.
Expect it to carry a starting price tag of around $23,000. At this range, 2018 Sportage may go up against Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, etc.