SWISH new interior styling heralds the all-new Kia Sportage which will be officially revealed at the Frankfurt motor show this month.
First cabin photos reveal an upmarket feel, featuring modern simplicity combined with a colour touch-screen (expecdted to be available in 17.7cm or 20.3cm sizes) and a less bulbous dash design. It’s similar to what we’ve seen in the Carnival people-mover and recently updated Sorento large SUV.
The 2016 Kia Sportage is expected to arrive here early next year.
It will also be available with a wireless charging pad at the base of the centre stack for mobile phones and tablets.
Kia says it has made major advancements to ride quality along with reduced cabin noise to deliver one of the “most refined cars in its class”.
Boot space is up, growing from 465 litres to 503 litres, while the luggage area is 35mm wider.
Key dimensional changes come via a 30mm growth in wheelbase, to 2670 mm, while the whole vehicle is 40mm longer. Height (1635mm) and width (1855mm) remain the same as the third generation Sportage, yet passenger space has increased.
Headroom rises to 997mm (+5mm) and 99 mm (+16mm) for front and rear passengers respectively. Maximum legroom grows 19mm in the front and +7 in the back.
Kia says “drivers not only enjoy more legroom, but the seats have been redesigned. The Sportage can now be specified with three-way front seat heating, 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat and eight-way power control for the passenger seat”.
“Stiffer seat frames, with greater use of high tensile steel, and redesigned springs and pads – for front and rear – cut the level of vibration in the seats, while reducing seat weight by 2.5 kg and improving durability,” Kia said.
“In the rear, a 40 mm lower interior floor – without sacrificing exterior ground clearance – and 30 mm higher rear bench hip point mean second-row passengers benefit from a more natural and comfortable seating posture and improved under-thigh support.”
Externally, the Sportage’s “tiger-nose” grille and the car’s headlamps are separated. The headlamps are also positioned higher.
The new Sportage’s design was inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept, with “slim combination lamps 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”.
Also expected to be available will be a GT Line which borrows from the Proceed GT styling, including “ice-cube” LED fog lamps and aluminium-effect skid plates.
Powertain options are expected to include a 97kW/161Nm 1.6-litre petrol, 136kW/400 Nm 2.0-litre diesel and a 130kW/265 Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol that we’ve also seen in the Proceed GT.
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