The compact crossover Kia Sportage has been in the market for quite some time now. It made its initial appearance in 1990s and is currently among st the longest running models of car that manufacturers have lined up. Initially, it started out as a kind of Korean equivalent of Geo Tracker. While going into its third generation, it grew into a highly respectable compact crossover. Now, with 2017 Kia Sportage model will enter its fourth generation, and the manufacturers wants to be more than just respectable vehicle. After initially being revealed in Europe, this upcoming model made its debut in 2015 Los Angeles Show. The segment of crossovers is very competitive and Kia wants that new model stay ahead of such competition with better styling and more technological features. Apart from these, the model will be getting a new engine and a few cabin upgrades.
2017 Kia Sportage – Exterior Design
2017 Kia Sportage will get a new exterior design and complete makeover will be inspired by the modern jet fighter design according to Kia. When this new model will appear in US market, there are bound to be certain debates and arguments about its new look. Front end of this crossover has been kept busy with LED fog light clusters and headlights mounted high on hood. On the other hand, rear end looks more like a mixture of BMW, Lincoln and Ford crossover efforts. Of course, people’s taste on design is a completely subjective matter, but it would not be wrong to say that this car will have the most distinctive design in its segment.
The upcoming 2017 Kia Sportage will be longer than its predecessor by 1.6 inch. According to Kia, this increment in size will result in more head space and leg space. It will also provide space for a second row floor, which results in easier exit and entry. The room for cargo has also increased and cargo space behind rear seats shall increase to almost 31 cubic feet. Other than these, a sturdier chassis and new suspension should be able to maintain the sporty character of this vehicle while improving ride quality. Interiors of 2017 Kia Sportage vehicle evolve with better quality materials, trim and seats. Additional insulation is also offered to reduce road vibration and noise. Better visibility is provided by reinforcement pillars, which are thinner. Wider panoramic sunroof is another notable change.
As far as technology is concerned, 2017 Kia Sportage features wireless phone charging along with several other features. Features offered with the base model LX includes infotainment touchscreen display of 5 inches, streaming audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone. The EX model comes with latest Uvo 3 packages from Kia of connected services and apps. It also includes 7 inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
All features offered in EX model is also provided with SX Turbo, but with other upgrades like 8 inch touchscreen, 19 inch wheels and navigation. Front heated seats, high quality audio system of eight speakers and automatic opening lift gate shall be offered optionally.
2017 Kia Sportage – Under the hood
The outlook of 2017 Kia Sportage SUV is inspired by jets, but it relies on a pair of 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine as its power source. This engine has been carried over from present model and it has an output of 181 HP and 177 lb ft of torque. Additionally, a turbocharged 2.0 liter unit is also available, capable of generating 241 HP along with 260 lb ft of torque.
Considering the normal output of modern engines, both these engines are a bit on down side, as far as power is concerned. It would probably be because of better fuel economy. Both the engines are mated with a 6 speed auto transmission. While all wheel drive is available optionally, front wheel drive comes as standard.
2017 Kia Sportage – Competition and Pricing
Compact crossover is a competitive segment with vehicles like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Since 2017 Kia Sportage is more of a sporty crossover, Mazda CX-5 could be its most likely rival. It is likely to hit the market in first half of 2016 with a starting price of approximately $22,500.