The all-new Kia Sportage – A pioneering SUV
Added: 02 September 2021
The all-new Kia Sportage – A pioneering SUV
Kia Europe has revealed the dedicated European Sportage, which has been carefully crafted to establish new benchmarks across the SUV segment in Europe. It combines a sleek yet muscular and modern exterior design with a cutting-edge premium interior. Featuring a swooping integrated curved display that houses the very latest advancements in connectivity tech.
Developed on a new architecture, the Sportage benefits from a European-focused high-tech engineering program that has realized an optimal wheelbase and ideal dimensions and proportions for European roads. This meticulous approach has helped create an SUV that is a perfect fit for European requirements.
Such a progressive and tailored package has also resulted in luggage capacity, headroom and legroom all being substantially increased over the outgoing Sportage model. With best-in-class legroom for the second-row passengers.
State-of-the-art hybrid powertrains further enhance the Sportage’s capabilities, serving to dramatically reduce emissions and enhance fuel economy. An advanced plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model represents another first for the Sportage. Emissions-free electric-only driving can cover most daily trips from home to work or for daily shopping needs.
The very latest internal combustion clean petrol and diesel engines are also available in various efficiency and power versions. Ensuring that the Sportage covers the breadth of the European market.
To create a dynamic, engaging and optimal driving experience for European roads, the new Sportage debuts numerous highly innovative technology breakthroughs.
A new-generation Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) provides optimum comfort and superior safety levels at all times.
A new Terrain Mode gives the Sportage outstanding ride capabilities in more challenging conditions such as snow, mud and sand, allowing owners to pursue more adventurous leisure activities.
The new Sportage also leads the way in safety featuring both passive and active high-tech systems – including Kia’s world-renowned comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
“The all-new Sportage has been carefully designed, developed and honed specifically for Europe, in the process breaking boundaries and establishing new benchmarks in the SUV segment,” said Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe.
“With its forward-thinking exterior design and its pioneering interior, the new Sportage combines dynamic road presence on the outside. With a class-leading, driver-focused premium cabin that benefits from the very latest breakthrough tech features.”
“The new Sportage is also equipped with advanced powertrain electrification technologies – we have efficient, eco-friendly hybrid models that can meet all the needs of customers. With a zero-emissions all-electric range, the all-new plug-in hybrid Sportage model further highlights Kia’s mission to accelerate sustainable mobility across Europe,” added Jeong.
Instant visual impact
The exterior of the new Sportage establishes new design boundaries, giving it a dramatic presence on European roads.
From the front, the new Sportage showcases a precise and intricate design form with its detailed-orientated black grille graphic stretching across the width of the face. The grille links Kia’s modern signature Tiger Nose grille to the distinctive futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, which in turn create solid boundary lines for the striking Matrix LED headlamps.
Representing another first for the new Sportage range in Europe, a black roof is now available. Helping to accentuate the sporting profile.
The European Sportage maintains its strong road presence at the rear with a muscular swooping fastback design that flows into the rear lamps. The razor rear lamps are connected by a slim horizontal design, giving the new Sportage a stunningly wide impression from the back.
Depending on spec and model, the new Sportage rides on 17-inch, 18-inch or range-topping 19-inch wheels, with a choice of six different alloy designs, colours and finishes.
The interior of the new Sportage plays with boldness in character, softness in qualities and innovation in technology, creating a driver-orientated space that is truly state-of-the-art. The cabin has been carefully crafted to fuse breakthrough tech with luxury features, premium materials and modern style.
At the centre of the new Sportage’s modern cabin sits a sculpted integrated curved display with touchscreen pad and finely detailed sporty air vents. The curved display sweeps across the front of the interior, giving the cockpit dramatic width and depth.
The high-tech 12.3-inch touchscreen and advanced integrated controller act as the nerve centre for driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and usability needs. Both systems have been created to be easy-to-use, highly intuitive and soft to touch. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster is equipped with the latest-generation full thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display for incredibly precise and clear graphics. With such advanced and secure high-tech connectivity, the new Sportage benefits from the latest over-the-air software and map updates.
The advanced connectivity software in the new Sportage allows users to connect with their vehicle remotely via the Kia Connect smartphone app.
The interactive, easy-to-use tech also gives users access to key onboard features such as the Kia Live Services, Online Navigation, Online voice recognition and Calendar integration from the smartphone. The Kia Connect App provides users with total peace of mind with a simple tap to check that their Sportage is locked and the windows are closed. With full convenience by informing users exactly where they last parked their SUV.
An ergonomic centre console has been optimally positioned for the driver and front passenger, providing storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches. A smartphone charging bay offers high-speed 15W wireless charging.
Throughout the cabin, high-quality materials have been used. While dynamic colour options add vibrancy and energy. The driver and front passenger seats combine innovation and comfort in a sporting slim design.
The Sportage’s intelligent interior space combines practicality, functionality and versatility.
Resulting in a package that leads the way in legroom, headroom and luggage capacity.
Luggage capacity is 591 litres ). To maximize convenience, the rear seats can fold down in a 40:20:40 split allowing for 1,780 litres of cargo space.
Fully immersive, in-car surround sound is delivered to the occupants of the new Sportage via an industry-leading Harman Kardon premium sound system.
The new Sportage is also available in an even more sporty and dynamic design. The GT-Line model uses its cool crossover SUV form to full effect, with standout body colours that are vivid and spirited. The interior plays off strong contrasts between black and white, giving the GT-Line a lively and sporty environment.
The new Sportage will be launched with a comprehensive range of powerful, responsive and efficient powertrains, including state-of-the-art hybrid-electric car technologies. As well as the very latest generation clean diesel and petrol engines.
From the very start of development, the Sportage was intended to embrace the latest electrified powertrain technologies, making it one of the most efficient SUVs available.
Developed on an advanced architecture, both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models of the new European Sportage deliver a no-compromise eco-friendly package.
The packaging for the Hybrid and PHEV models has been carefully arranged to avoid impact on passenger and luggage space.
For the Hybrid derivative, the battery pack is placed under the second-row seats, resulting in legroom that is the same as the IC engine Sportage models.
For the PHEV Sportage, the high-voltage battery is placed centrally between the two axles under the body of the SUV, ensuring a balanced weight distribution and an interior space that is practical, comfortable and versatile.
The PHEV Sportage features Kia’s award-winning 1.6-litre petrol engine, a 66.9kW electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination delivers a total system power output of 265PS.
The Hybrid Sportage model also benefits from Kia’s acclaimed 1.6 180PS engine. It features a 44.2kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Total system power of the HEV Sportage is 230PS.
The new 1.6 T-GDI engine is also available in the new Sportage line-up with a mild hybrid (MHEV) system that has been developed to reduce emissions. It combines enhanced efficiency with sporty performance, generating 150PS or 180PS power output.
Also included in the launch line-up of the new Sportage is a highly efficient 1.6-litre clean diesel engine that is available with 115PS or 136PS power outputs.
The 1.6 T-GDI engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT), while a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) is also available. The 1.6-litre diesel variants – with or without the additional MHEV tech – can be paired with either a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) or the 7DCT.
All European Sportage models come equipped with Kia’s Idle Stop-and-Go technology that turns the engine off when the car is stationary, delivering further real-world fuel savings and emissions reduction.
An optimal drive in all environments
European Sportage benefits from new Terrain Mode and ECS
Representing a first for Sportage is the creation of an all-new Terrain Mode. Developed for Sportage owners that want to pursue outdoor adventure and leisure activities. The highly advanced Terrain Mode automatically adjusts the Sportage’s settings so that the vehicle is ready for any given road condition and environment, including snow, mud and sand.
The Sportage also features a Drive Mode select, with the driver able to select from Comfort, Eco or Sport sub-settings. For convenience and added safety, all Drive Modes are displayed within the high-resolution digital cluster.
DriveWise leads the way in safety
Sportage is home to the very latest safety technologies
With safety being a top priority during development, the fifth-generation Sportage is one of the safest vehicles in its class.
Kia’s acclaimed in-house developed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology – also known as DriveWise – helps the Sportage to avoid potential hazards. Fully protecting occupants and other road users on every journey.
As part of its DriveWise ADAS package, the new Sportage features Kia’s industry-leading Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist System with Junction Turning functionality. This helps avoid collisions with oncoming cars when turning at junctions.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA) maintains a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead when driving on a highway and helps to centre the new Sportage in its lane. HDA can also adjust vehicle speed according to the speed limit.
Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) helps drive the new Sportage at a safe speed on the highway using real-time navigation data. Further extending the scope of NSCC, for parts of the highway where there are corners and curves, the technology automatically reduces the speed of travel before encountering the corner or curve. Upon getting back to the ‘straight’ of the highway, NSCC resets the speed limit to the original level.
The Sportage also features Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) technology that provides warning if the car is exceeding the speed limit.
When operating the turning signal to change lanes, if there is a risk of collision with a rear-side vehicle, a new Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system will provide a warning to the driver.
After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, BCA actively controls the new Sportage to help avoid a collision. BCA is also active in situations such as parallel parking manoeuvres, further helping to avoid collision with rear-side vehicles.
Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) is also included on the new Sportage and further enhances safety and driver visibility. When changing lanes it will display a real-time rear-side image of the vehicle in the instrument cluster.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) helps the driver to remotely park or exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle.
Parking manoeuvres are further enhanced with the addition of Rear-View Monitor (RVM) and Surround View Monitor (SVM) technology, which displays real-time video footage of the vehicle and its surroundings.
The 2022 Kia Sportage is expected to go on sale later this year with deliveries starting in 2022
You can find more information on the current generation Sportage here
You can find out more information on the new range of Kia cars on our website.
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