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Kia Sportageest Sportage is still: a high school revamp for the funky Korean SUV


• Design updates refresh KIA's most lifelong SUV in SA
• New engines and new transmissions
• Revised model line

Kia gave its sporty Sportage a mid-lifetime refreshment that includes engine and transmission options, as well as the revised line of the model.

Prices range from R379 995 to 1.6 GDI Ignite (6-speed car) to R549 995 for the fastest 2.0 CRDI EKS Plus (8-speed car). The full price at the end of this article.

Subtle revisions of exteriors and interiors

The 2018 Sportage is now even more pronounced thanks to the mild nip-and-tuck of its exterior. On the front side, Sportage retains its striking front lamps, including unique LED daytime running lights, as well as a slightly revised, visible grid with a tiger's nose. The new design of the bumper gives the SUV a more masculine, endangering visage, with a more visible front fog lamp housing.

GALLERY: 2018 Kia Sportage

On the back side, Sportage also gets a revised bumper and a new last character that emphasizes the width of the vehicle.

Other improvements include a new selection of designed tools of 16 ", 17" or 19 "(depending on the model), as well as a range of new colors.

Revised Model Line

As part of the improvement of the middle life of Sportage, the scope was revised, the SKS AVD and GT Line specification was suspended, with the increase in the specifications and the value of the existing line supply.

Stephen Crosse, Sales Director, KIA Motors South Africa, said: "While Sportage always provided an elegant look, a vast space for modern families and a split specification, we accepted the opportunity to critically evaluate the model in a segment that is growing more and more competitively.

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"We are confident that the revised assortment, including new engines and transmissions, puts Sportage front and center back into the mid-range SUV."

KIA Motors has retained the specification Ignite specifications as an entry point in the Sportage range, but has improved the overall class to include standard specifications which include, but are not limited to, aircon (manual), automatic headlamp control (includes "Welcome home and escort lighting ), electric side mirror with integrated cursors, central console armrest with integrated storage box, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker radio, electric windows front and rear, remote control flying the park and high performance amortizers, to mention just a few.

Ignite models include fabric upholstery, as well as a new leather steering wheel, with remote controls for audio, telephony and quick control, as well as a new leather changer. New 16 "alloy wheels with 215/70 R16 tires complete the picture along with standard LED daytime running lights.

Built on the Ignite specification, the revised Ignite Plus range also includes automatic folding of the side mirrors and an electro-chromatic rearview mirror from the inside, gaining in particular its outer appearance thanks to the addition of front tires and modern new 17-point wheels 225/60 R17 tires.

2018 Kia Sportage

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Sportage EKS adds new 17 "wheels to 225/60 R17 tires. EKS models also receive front parking sensors, automatic rainbows and an electric parking brake with Auto Hold function.

Its Bluetooth system includes voice recognition, and the air conditioning system is upgraded from manual to automatic. Seats are upgraded to leather upholstery and are equipped with an electrical adjustment function (including adjustable lumbar support).

For example, the infotainment system has been upgraded to include a 7-inch color touch screen, which includes not only a reverse screen, but also Apple CarPlai (Sportage's Android Auto Ready).

2018 Kia Sportage

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The EKS class includes a unique all-wheel drive, which also includes an upgrade to 19-inch sports wheels on 245/45 R19 tires.

The new range, EKS Plus, is built on the EKS specification level and has the same 19 "sports wheels as the EKS AVD model, as well as the panoramic sunroof.

The latest passengers now have access to the USB port, while the driver and front passenger benefit from the upgrade to the 8 "color touch screen display that includes satellite navigation, a reverse camera screen, a full Apple CarPlai functionality (Sportage's Android Auto Ready), as well as a wireless smart charger.

Simplified engine options

KIA has retained well-known 2.0-liter Multi-point Injection (MPI) and 2.0-liter CRDI (Common Rail Diesel Injection) engines for use in Sportage, stopping both 2.4 GDI (Direct Gas Injection) and 1.6 T-GDI Turbochargers direct injection of gasoline) found in the previous models SKS AVD and GT Line.

2018 Kia Sportage

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However, the new model is a 1.6-liter GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, which is used exclusively in the Sportage Ignite. This new 1591cc & # 39; Gamma & # 39; the engine produces 97kV / 161Nm. It reaches 100 km / h in 12.1 seconds and can have a top speed of 170 km / h, with CO2 emissions of 175 g / km.

The famous 2.0-liter "Nu" MPI engine delivers 115kV / 196Nm, with acceleration from 0 to 100km / h of 10.5 seconds (6-speed manual) and 11.1 seconds (6 speeds automatically). The maximum speed is 186 km / h (6 speeds) and 181 km / h (6 speed automatic), with CO2 emissions at 183 g / km (6 gears) and 184 g / km.

The new 8-degree automatic

2.0 CRDI engine produces 131kV / 400Nm. As part of the Sportage's mid-term enhancement, the engine now merged exclusively with the KIA's new eight-speed automatic transmission in both classes of specifications, Ignite Plus, EKS and EKS Plus.

In Sportage, the new gearbox helps to get the SUV at 100 km / h in 9.3 seconds, with a top speed of 201 km / h and a CO2 emissions of 164 g / km.

Help the driver and safety

The Sportage range offers a full complement of safety and auxiliary driver assistance systems, including ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorages in standard condition. Vehicle safety is ensured by standard central locking, as well as alarm, immobilizer and Data Dot.

2018 Kia Sportage

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Drivers will also benefit from Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Auxiliary Start (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC). All models feature Park Distance Control on the rear, and larger models EKS and EKS Plus also receive front parking sensors and a reverse camera, displayed on a 7- or 8-inch color touch screen.

Strong heritage

Since 1993, since the four generations, Sportage is undoubtedly the most successful model in the history of KIA. In fact, earlier in 2018 – in the year of its 25th anniversary – KIA Motors celebrated Sportage and reached 5 million cumulative sales across the globe.

Sportage first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1991, for the first time introduced the concept of "Urban SUV" to consumers. He set a plan for a compact, practical SUV, suitable for use in different environments and – not surprisingly – was a hit, recording a total sales of over 500,000 vehicles throughout his lifetime.

The new version of Sportage was introduced in 2004, and after seven years of production, sales of 1 223 776 units worldwide were recorded.

The global award-winning third generation of Sportage, which debuted in 2010, made a million sold in just four years and reached a two-million cumulative sales in its sixth year of production.

2018 Kia Sportage

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The fourth and current generation of the Sportage, which debuted around the world at the end of 2015, is considered the most popular Sportage, and has achieved a sales sign of 1 million after the extension for just two years.

Gari Scott, Executive Director of KIA Motors South Africa, said: "Since 1993 Sportage has become a reference car in a compact SUV segment, and is not only the most popular KIA model on the global stage, but also one of the most successful models in the South African brand.

"The arrival of the improved Sportage is the highlight of our 20th anniversary celebration in South Africa, and we are excited that in the next 20 years we will adopt a car that buys every box."


All Sportage models are delivered as standard with the KIA's leading unlimited mileage, a five-year warranty, as well as a standard service plan of 5 years or 90,000 km and 5 years of roadside assistance.

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