The 2018 Kia Sportage is expected to come with awesome modifications in all areas, including exterior, interior and engine. The Sportage has been manufactured over four generations, and the upcoming model will be one of the cars glazing the latest generation. The South Korean automobile manufacturer is planning to grab a good share of the compact SUV market when their new car hits the showrooms and dealer shops in 2017.
2018 Kia Sportage – Exterior and Interior Changes
The front end of the new Sportage will have a larger tiger nose grille, wraparound headlights, and prominent fog lights. The grille will be placed quite low on the front fascia and will be glazed by air vents and decorated with some chrome. The car’s rear end will stand out with new LED taillights, stylish exhaust ends, and a magnificent tailgate. The sides will look quite sporty with 5-spoke alloy wheels, strong skirts, sleek lines & curves and well-designed windows.
The interior of the 2018 Kia Sportage is expected to get sophisticated equipment and be crowned up with classic materials. The steering wheel, dashboard, and seats will be wrapped in high-quality leather while the interior body panels will get top notch fabric. The seats will be quite ergonomic with additional comfort features such as recline & adjust mechanisms and headrests. The cabin is expected to remain spacious as usual, with a roomy luggage compartment at the back.
The center console will come with a refurbished LCD touchscreen display and an array of control buttons. The instrument panel will get electronic devices and an improved display. Also, more technologies expected to find their way in the interior of the upcoming Sportage. Include a premium sound system, Smartphone integration, rearview camera, satellite navigation system, USB ports, automatic climate control system and Bluetooth.
2018 Kia Sportage – Engine Performance
The Kia Sportage 2018 will come with five engine options, both petrol, and diesel. The petrol engines will be 1.6-liter turbo I4 (176 hp & 203 lb-ft), 2.0-liter I4 (156 hp & 138 lb-ft) and 2.4-liter I4 (183 hp & 179 lb-ft). The diesel engines include: 2.0-liter I4 (181 hp & 335 lb-ft) and 2.4-liter turbo I4 (240 hp & 260 lb-ft).
The five powertrains are designed to work with a 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission system. The fuel consumption is estimated at 23 mpg city and also 30 mpg highway. The car will take around 6.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 mph to 60 mph, and its top speed is estimated at 135 mph.
Safety and Security:
The compact SUV will also be equipped with a good number of safety and security features. It will get basic features such as seatbelts and emergency brakes and advanced features such as ABS, blind spot monitors, stability control, adaptive cruise control, parking assist and lane keep assist.
2018 Kia Sportage – Release Date, Rivals, and Price
As mentioned above, the 2018 Kia Sportage will be made available in 2017, more specifically in the second half. The price will depend on the trim levels. The base model is likely to sell at $23,000 while the top trim level at $34,000. There will be other 4 trim levels with their prices fixed within the base model & top trim level range. The upcoming Sportage will face competition from Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and also Hyundai Tucson.