Kia have gone above and beyond to enhance the already popular Sportage, which is currently the brand's UK, European and global bestseller. The new model boasts an updated interior and exterior that couple impressive styling, the latest safety features and the best infotainment technologies, making it all the more desirable.
Not only have the look and feel of this car been improved, but so has its environmental footprint thanks to the advanced new EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. This is the first to be launched as part of the brand's global powertrain electrification strategy, also making Kia the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technologies across their full model line-up.
This EcoDynamic+ 2.0-litre 'R' diesel mild-hybrid powertrain supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery and will also extend the engine's 'off time' with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generation unit. These elements combine to help reduce its CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the worldwide harmonised light vehicles test procedure (WLTP).
The existing 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine has been replaced with Kia's new efficient 1.6-litre 'U3' CRDi engine - the cleanest diesel engine that Kia have ever made! The standard engine produces 115 or 136PS, with the higher-powered models having an all-wheel drive and seven-speed double-clutch transmission option available.
As well as the basic models receiving a facelift, the 'GT-Line' is also now equipped with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grill, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. Advanced driving assistance systems top off the Sportage's makeover; they include the inclusion of Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go feature, an around-view monitor for easier parking manoeuvres and a Driver Attention Warning system to combat fatigue and inattentiveness when behind the wheel.
At Hendy Kia, this is certainly one model we cannot wait to get our hands on - if you feel the same way, make sure you get in touch with your local dealership to find out when this model will be available.
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