Kia Sportage is a compact crossover, which was originally launched in 1993. So far, we have seen three generations of this model. While original model was produced more than a decade, second one had much shorter life. Third-generation model will keep in same way and it will be replaced by the end of year. According to the latest reports, a fourth-generation model will have its premiere this September and it will come as 2016 Kia Sportage. New model already has been spotted on the roads and it is clear that it will come with plenty of changes.
2016 Kia Sportage details
The testing model has been spotted at Hyundai-Kia Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany. The 2016 Kia Sportage still wears a heavy camouflage, so we can conclude that it will come with tons of changes, at least when it is about car’s look. Although it is still almost completely camouflaged, we can presume what is under the cover. New model will follow company’s new design language and it is expected that most of design solutions will be borrowed from new Kia KX3 Concept, which is designed especially for Chinese market. Compared to current model, biggest differences will be at the front end. The 2016 Kia Sportage will come with completely redesigned front fascia, which will feature new, larger and lower-positioned “tiger-nose” grille and new wraparound LED headlights. Rear end will also come with changes, which will follow the style of the front. The look of 2016 Sportage’s cabin is still completely unknown, but is expected that it will be also completely redesigned. It will come with completely new styling and plenty of new hi-tech features.
2016 Kia Sportage under the hood
When it is about engine, 2016 Kia Sportage will come with plenty of changes. New model will be available with new 1.2 liter engine, which outputs 132 horsepower. Current 2.0 liter unit will come improved, with 204 horsepower and also better economy. A turbocharged version of this engine will be also in offer. The 2016 Sportage will be also offered in diesel variants. Current 1.7 and 2.0 liter CRDi turbo diesels will come modified, with improvements both in terms in power and fuel economy. All engines will be paired with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2016 Kia Sportage release date and price
The premiere of 2016 Kia Sportage is planned for September. Price is still unknown, but it is expected to be not much different from current model. New model will probably go between 22.000 and 29.000 dollars.