Kia’s brand new Sportage crossover debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto in September. The photos of the new generation, 2017 Kia Sportage are out too. It has been observed that it is much similar to other Kia models but the difference lies in the upscale and improved design. Let’s see what changes are going to be there: Under the head design of Kia are some of the old styling cues. New back lights have been installed to the rear bumper. The side window profile has become even more graceful. There is a license plate seen at the back too and lighting units provided are thin.
2017 Kia Sportage: Improvements and Changes
The arrangement of grille, fog lights and headlights has brought a change in its styling. The vehicle is not extremely attractive but with these changes, it has certainly become admirable. The 2017 Sportage feature has come in line with the vehicle. This crossover is capable of giving head to head competition to compact crossovers like Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The wheelbase has been improved and it lies between 30 to 40 mm. Although the build is larger, the aerodynamics of the vehicle are still better than that of the predecessors.
For the cabin, the crossover is set for significant changes. As it is the 3rd generation model, it is going to have a dashboard that is driver oriented. The cabin and dashboard have a modern design. Soft touch materials have been used for the interiors. Leather seats are there to provide comfort to the passengers. Two zones are provided i.e. the display zone and control zone. About 7 to 8 inch multimedia display system is present on the dashboard too. The layout of the vehicle is ergonomic. As the wheelbase has been improved, the passenger space has improved too. There is more legroom too because the seats have been redesigned.
Improved safety features have been provided for 2017 Kia Sportage as well. These include Autonomous Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and more. The ride is going to be smoother and the handling agility has been improved to ensure the same thing. Passengers are going to enjoy the comfort and luxury of this vehicle as much as the driver is going to enjoy the smooth drive.
2017 Kia Sportage: Engine, Price and Release
There are no significant updates about the type of engine provided. The 2017 Kia Sportage is expected to share most of the engine choices with the current generation model. It is going to be the 1.6 liters turbocharged direct injection engine which has been borrowed from Cee’d. The horsepower set for this T-GDI plant is 175 hp and torque is of 195 pound-feet. The engine is going to be paired with the 7 speed dual clutch gearbox. The fuel capacity of this generation vehicle is better too.
There are no updates about the release date or price of the 2017 Kia Sportage. The model will first be released in Germany as a Euro-spec model and then in other parts of the world. Fans are anxious to see it on the roads soon.