ALL-NEW 2017 KIA SPORTAGE MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOWFourth-Generation Sportage Compact CÚV Boasts Sophisticated Design, a Refined Premium Interior and Significant Ride and Handling Improvements
◾Stiffer structure, new suspension, advanced driver assistance systems, and premium materials take Sportage to the head of the class
◾Cutting-edge design, engaging driving dynamics and intelligent packaging stand out in a staid compact CÚV §egmènt
◾First Kia to offer ÚVO3, featuring 14 telematics services, 8 GB of music storage, access to onscreen apps and Wi-Fi tethering capability, all free of chargeLos Angeles, November 18, 2015
– Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the all-new 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The fourth-generation Sportage, KMA's longest-running nameplate, wraps stunning contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than before. Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and §teering improvements, and available intelligent AWD vastly improve the Sportage's driving dynamics while premium materials and world-class craftsmanship create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian §egmènt.
'Simply put, the Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CÚV §egmènt,' said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. 'Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling wîth thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features. Sales of compact CÚVs are on a sharply upward trajectory, and the all-new 2017 Sportage hits the sweet spot by providing an alternative for those seeking to express themselves wîth a vehicle that's versatile enough to suit their unique lifestyle.'
The all-new Sportage's roomier, more luxurious cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship, wîth high-quality, soft-touch materials and a range of technologies improving overall comfort, convenience, and connectivity. Úpdates to the drivetrain provide enhanced efficiency and performance, while changes to the suspension deliver better ride and handling. Like the outgoing model, the all-new Sportage will be built at Kia's production facility in Gwangju, Korea, and be available in three distinct trim levels (LX, EX, SX Turbo) when it goes on sale next year. Pricing will be announced closer to the Sportage's on-sale date.Aggressive, Inspired Design
Designed under the direction of Kia's president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, the 2017 Sportage's exterior juxtaposes smooth curves wîth sharp creases. Although every body panel is new, the 'face' of the new Sportage features the most significant change over the outgoing model. Kia's hallmark 'tiger-nose' grille resides vertically in the front fascia while the headlights are positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply detailed hood. A lower, wider front clip – enlarged to provide greater engine cooling – adds visual volume to the lower half of the Sportage's face, resulting in a planted and aggressive stance, though it keeps the same overall width, 73.0 inches, as its predecessor. The wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches (now 105.1 inches), while overall length has increased 1.6 inches to 176.4 inches.
Despite its increased dimensions, the all-new Sportage remains instantly recognizable thanks to its sloping roofline and sharply raked rear window. Short overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners continue to be Sportage signatures, while a longer, more aerodynamic spoiler and bolder wheel arches give the compact CÚV a more dynamic appearance. Tasteful chrome touches surround the windows, giving the Sportage LX and EX a more upscale look, while the top-of-the-line SX Turbo model adds more visual interest wîth new 'ice cube' LED fog lamps, HID headlamps, LED tail lights, satin exterior trim, metal-look skid plates, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Modern and Refined Interior
Inside, the new Sportage's driver-oriented cockpit features a simple and modern design wîth clean horizontal lines emphasizing a more spacious interior. The lateral design of the dashboard divides it into two clear zones. The upper 'display' zone delivers information to occupants via the instrument panel and new color touchscreen, which is canted 10 degrees toward the driver. The lower half, or the 'control' zone, features easily identifiable switchgear to operate the available dual-zone climate system, audio and secondary controls. Similar to the touchscreen, the center console has been angled to face the driver.
Giving the Sportage a more premium feel is the availability of either a single-tone (black) or two-tone (Dark and Light Grey or Black and Beige) cabin, while metalwork elements blended wîth soft-touch materials contribute to a more upscale interior. The EX and SX Turbo models add sumptuous leather upholstery, and the SX Turbo includes a D-shaped, heated and leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth paddle shifters, piano black trim along the center console, aluminum alloy pedals, and authentic stitching on the dashboard.
As a result of the increased exterior dimensions and clever packaging, interior dimensions have grown, offering more space and comfort. Headroom has increased 0.2 inches to 39.3 inches in the front and 0.6 inches to 39.1 in the rear, while legroom has increased slightly in front and 0.3 inches in the rear to 38.2. The second row has a 1.6-inch lower interior floor (ground clearance is unchanged at 6.4 inches for front-drive models and 6.8 inches on AWD) and 1.2-inch lower rear bench hip point, benefitting second-row passengers wîth more headroom (up more than a half inch) and a more comfortable seating position. Offering even more comfort are options such as three-level front seat heaters, 10-way power control wîth lumbar support for the driver's seat, and eight-way power control for the passenger seat.
Just as passenger space has increased, so has cargo room. Thanks to an innovative dual-level cargo floor and a widened luggage area, cargo capacity behind the second row has grown substantially from 26.1 cu.-ft. to 30.7 cu.-ft. (SAE). By relocating the license plate from the bumper to the tailgate, the lift-over height has been lowered for easier loading and unloading. A Smart Power Liftgate™, which automatically opens when the key fob is within three feet of the vehicle, is also available.
Outward visibility has been improved by mounting the side mirrors lower on the doors, using thinner A- and C-pillars and incorporating larger rear glass in hatch. This feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced wîth an available panoramic sunroof that is 4.1 inches longer than the outgoing model's.
Kia engineers reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) through the application of a quad-bushing setup in the rear suspension to isolate road noise and additional sound-absorbent materials throughout the Sportage's wheel arches. Wind noise also is reduced as a result of thicker front side glass, a lip seal for the panoramic sunroof, and additional soundproofing in the doors. The 2017 Sportage is also more aerodynamic, wîth a coefficient of drag that's been reduced from .37 cd to .35 cd.
A Strong Foundation
The structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the Sportage's body-in-white consisting of AHSS versus the outgoing model's 18 percent, torsional rigidity has improved 39 percent. Furthermore, the increased use of advanced hot-stamped steel improves body integrity. The material has been used to reinforce the A-, B- and C-pillars, side sills, roof structure, and wheel arches. As a result of its stronger core, Sportage engineers are targeting the compact CÚV to earn an overall five-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating and an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.
The 2017 will be available wîth a wide range of driver assistance features1 including:
◾Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which can detect a potential collision wîth another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the Sportage to a halt
◾Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which emits an audible alert when it detects the driver straying from the current lane without using a turn signal
◾Blind Spot Detection (BSD) wîth Lane Change Assist (LCA), which can monitor cars up to 230 feet behind the Sportage and provide the driver wîth a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the blind spot
◾Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which can warn the driver when other cars pass behind the Sportage as it backs out of a parking space
◾Bi-HID headlights wîth Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology
Refined and Spirited Performance
The completely redesigned fully independent front suspension achieves a leap forward in ride quality. A four-point bushing setup delivers greater stability and a more natural response to changing road surfaces, while stiffer wheel bearings and bushings result in more precise handling. The fully-independent rear suspension now adopts a dual-member shock absorber housing, while both AWD and FWD models now benefit from a dual lower-arm multi-link setup. The SX Turbo has been uniquely tuned wîth firmer shock absorbers to deliver sharper handling befitting its athletic personality.
The 2017 Sportage is offered in front or all-wheel-drive, both coupled wîth a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The Dynamax intelligent AWD system is available on every trim and features a 50/50 locking center differential. The system senses, anticipates, and optimizes traction requirements for all road and weather conditions. AWD models feature a unique front fascia wîth a steeper approach angle for increased capability.
Steering is another area of improvement, as engineers mounted the §teering box farther forward on the axle for better weight distribution. With 25 percent less friction than the previous unit, the 2017 Sportage offers smoother and more precise §teering inputs and better feel.
Efficiency and driving performance were two major areas of focus when retuning the engines. The hard-charging 2.0-liter inline-four turbo found on the SX Turbo makes 241 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and has been retuned to target improved fuel efficiency and offer better midrange torque. The LX and EX use a normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is also retuned to target better fuel efficiency.
Advanced Telematics, Audio and Entertainment
The all-new Sportage features a number of new and advanced on-board technologies2 to elevate the driving experience and keep drivers connected. The LX comes equipped wîth a standard 5.0-inch color touchscreen that features Bluetooth®3 hands-free phone operation and streaming audio, SiriusXM®4 satellite radio, and rear-camera display5. A move up to the EX brings a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen wîth the latest version of Kia's award-winning telematics and infotainment system, ÚVO3, which is making its debut on the all-new Sportage. Complete wîth Android Auto6, Apple7 CarPlay® (late availability), and ÚVO eServices8 featuring 14 telematics services, the enhanced system features up to 8 GB of music storage, access to onscreen apps such as Pandora®9 and Soundhound and Wi-Fi tethering capability, all free of charge. The SX Turbo features all of the above, plus an 8-inch touchscreen and onboard navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
All Sportages come standard wîth a 160-watt six-speaker audio system, and a powerful 320-watt Harmon Kardon® premium audio system is available, featuring eight speakers including subwoofer, an external amplifier, and Clari-FiTM10 music restoration technology for unrivalled audio quality.
About Kia Motors America
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Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA proudly serves as the 'Official Automotive Partner' of the NBA and LPGA and set an all-time annual sales record in 2014, surpassing the 500,000 unit mark for the third consecutive year. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CÚV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Soul Electric Vehicle***, Sportage compact CÚV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the Únited States. Kia's Ú.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 plant and supplier jobs.
Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.
The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the Únited Statesfrom Ú.S. and globally sourced parts
** 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets wîth limited availability.
*** Soul EV in select markets wîth limited availability.
1 These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
2 Warning: Driving while distracted can result in a loss of vehicle control that may lead to an accident, severe personal injury and death. Always drive safely and use caution.
3 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. A compatible Bluetooth® enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.
4 Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included wîth vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2041 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
5 The rear-camera display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up procedures. The system may not detect every object behind the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.
6 Android™ is a trademark of Google, Inc.
7 Apple® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
8 No charge for ÚVO eServices app. Normal cellular service rates will apply.
9 Pandora® is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
10 Clari-Fi™ and QuantumLogicTM are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc.
The first Kia Sportage was produced ontop of the Mazda Bongo platform. It was a smaller SUV, sold in either a two-door soft top or four-door bodystyles. The vehicles were sold in low numbers and were even recalled on two occasions for problems with the rear wheels dismounting while in use. The Sportage, however, was the first vehicle to be equipped with a knee airbag.
Production of the Kia Sportage continued in the North American market until 2002; worldwide, it continued until 2003.
The Sportage was out of the market for two years before the next generation was introduced. It was built ontop of the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson platform, and was Kias first crossover SUV. In comparison to the first generation, the Sportage has become more tamed - better suited for road use and less for 'off-roading'
The Sportage is available with an optional V6 engine which offers over 170 horsepower. It rests comfortably on a 103.5-inch wheelbase and has both front- and four-wheel drive capability.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007