Ring in the changes for the Kia Sportage
December brings new changes to the all-new Kia Sportage. The model, launched in February 2016, has had a huge 35,000 sold since then.
As well as the introduction of a ‘GT-line S’ model, a ‘KX-5’ version and a 1.7 DCT powertrain are now available. An updated multimedia system and new paint options have been added to the line-up. This means 2017 is set to be an exciting year for Sportage customers and the Korean car manufacturer hopes they will continue the Sportage’s popularity well into 2017.
‘The GT-Line’ on the Sportage has proved to be a big success in its first year, and now the range sees an even higher specification, the ‘GT-Line S’. This will provide the looks and styling of the GT-Line with a number of high level specification items to add further appeal to the line-up. The ‘GT-Line S’ will be paired with the high powered 2.0 CRDi six-speed auto and the 1.6 T-GDi seven-speed auto DCT powertrains. Additions also include a heated steering wheel, headlamp washers, bi-xenon headlamps, a smart park assist system, plus much more.
Replacing the ‘First Edition’ is the KX-5. This is a range-topping high end, highly specified model that showcases the full extent of technology that the Sportage range has to offer. Available with a 2.0 CRDi engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it features two-tone leather upholstery, an electronic parking brake, and wireless phone charging over the KX-4.
On ‘2’ and ‘3’ grades, the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) paired with the 1.7 CRDi engine will be available. This improves the MPG and lowers the CO2 when compared to traditional automatics. The 2017 Sportage also has an upgraded multimedia system from the ‘2’ grade and above, offering a number of key improvements such as 3D Mapping, SD map updates, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As for the updated paint strategy, customers can choose whether to have Standard at no additional cost or Optional and Premium paint colours, for which the price will vary accordingly.