2016 Kia Sportage

Though information is still scanty regarding the new 2016 Kia
Sportage 2016, from what we have gathered, the new vehicle will
adopt Kia’s new design which we have already seen on the
recently launched Sedona minivan. We expect an upgraded
power-train and reports are going around of a reportedly new
Hybrid engine. Buyers will chose from four trims which will be
the LX, EX, and SX.

Kia Sportage 2016 Exterior

The outside of this new 2016 Kia Sportage will be completely
redesigned to feature a new, boxier look which is similar to
the KX3 concept. At the front, there will be a new grille, long
headlights, and a pair of rounded fog lights which make the car
look wider and more aggressive. We also expect a new rear
bumper, larger rear window and a hidden exhaust system. The
model is still undergoing development though and we will inform
you of the actual specs once we have them. The auto maker has
utilized lightweight material on its body meaning it will have
a reduced weight and an improved fuel economy.

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Kia Sportage Concept, Render Image

2016 Kia Sportage Interior

Sliding into the interior of the new Kia Sportage 2016, you
will find some quality gadgets and ample resting room. The new
boxier shape will result in a 10% increase in its interior
space translating to more passenger and cargo space. The base
model will feature a Hyundai infotainment system including a
7-inch touch screen which will manage functions such as
satellite navigation, automatic climate control and the digital
radio for higher trim levels. Other standard features will
include a six speaker audio system, USB, Bluetooth not
forgetting a new steering wheel that comes with a lot of
buttons.

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Kia Sportage 2016 Interior

Engine, Specs and Fuel economy

Drivers will have a choice between two engines. The first one
will be a 2.4L DOHC four cylinder engine with 182 hp @
6,000 rpm and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine comes as
standard in the LX and EX trims. For those motorists looking
for efficiency, this is the engine to go for as it delivers 21
mpg for city and 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined for
the FWD option. The AWD numbers are not as impressive at 19 mpg
for city, 26 mpg for highway and 22 mpg combined. The second
engine option which will feature under the SX trim hood will be
a 2.0 L Turbocharged DOHC 4 cylinder engine. This is where
real power is; the engine can achieve a whopping 260 hp and 269
lb-ft of torque. For such a small SUV, that’s some real good
power right there. Though it is less economic, the numbers are
pretty impressive at 20 mpg, 26 mpg and 22 mpg for city,
highway and combined respectively for the FWD option while the
AWD averages 19-mpg city, 25-mpg highway, and 21-mpg combined.

Price and release date

The manufacturer is yet to release official information on the
2016 Kia Sportage date and price. However, we expect the car to
be first showcased in the Frankfurt Auto show later in the year
before hitting dealerships probably in the first quarter of
2016. The starting price of the 2016 Kia Sportage base model
will be around $ 22,000 with higher trim levels attracting a
higher price.

Competition

Competition for the new Kia Sorento 2016 is a large, arch
rivals in this segment are: Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota
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