Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Official pictures of the Sportage have been released. Stunning are words used to describe the new SUV from KIA. A vast improvident over the old sportage in terms of design and hopefully performance and frugality. Hints of volkswagen Tiguan can be seen from the front but it really does not matter to me as the overall design hits the sweetspot with me. Here are pictures of the new Kia Sportage in various colours.
According to Carscoop, the Kia Sportage like all recent Kias are design under the guidance of former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, the new Sportage carries the new Kia family look as seen on the Soul, Cadenza sedan and Sorento SUV, but it appears to have a more European flavor to it, with extra attention given to details.
The five-door crossover shares its platform with the also new Hyundai Tucson, known as the ix35 in Europe. It is longer and wider than the outgoing Sportage, something that should translate to improved cabin space.
We're still short on details about the engine range, but chances are that the 2011 Sportage will be offered with the same 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter four cylinder engines coupled to six-speed transmissions as the Tuscon in North America, while in Europe, it will most likely get the same 1.7-liter and 2.0 liter diesels, and 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline units as the iX35. Official launching will be carried out at the Geneva Motor Show.