The third generation Kia Sportage crossover vehicle underwent a facelift previous year, which means that its current life span is drawing to an in depth.
That means an all-new generation model is in the works also, and these latest spy photographs reveal that testing of the 2018 Kia Sportage crossover vehicle has already been well underway.
2018 KIA Sportage Redesign
Suspension wise, the new Sportage shall get a far more compliant group of surprise absorbers and probably just a little stiffer spring. These should make the car better to drive and much more stable during hard cornering but thanks to its shocks it will very likely become more comfortable as well as quieter than before.
Design wise, the 2018 Kia Sportage will look nearly identical to the ongoing model definitely, especially since this car has only been released for a few months now and a visual update would not make too much sense. However, although it shall not change all that much, we do expect the sportier version of the car to come with new 18 inches Rims as standard, a new color scheme that could use, instead of the current chrome inserts, an all black trim level with black mirrors, window surroundings and black roof rails.
Inside the cabin on the other palm we don’t expect too much from this model. However, the new car may now be fitted with Kia’s latest basic safety features such as a more advanced adaptive sail control system, a better frontal crash collision and avoidance system as well as a new lane-keep assist that ought to now be able to make smarter corrections even in bad weather conditions.
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2018 KIA Sportage Engine
Under the hood of the new Sportage crossover vehicle, the expectations are an upgraded 136-horsepower 1.6L CRDi shall be there, and a 190-horsepower 2,0L CRDI for the diesel lineup.
In the gas side of things, expect an all-new 132-horsepower 1.2 T-GDI, and upgraded 201-horsepower 1.6-er, and a 245 hp 2,0L T-GDI.
While the much larger engine shall get the same old 6 speed intelligent, the smaller unit is likely to get, aside from the standard 6 speed manual, a 7 swiftness dual-clutch gearbox which should be really interesting to use, especially on the US market where these kinds of gearboxes are very scarce.
2018 Kia Sportage Price & Release Date
The release date for this 2018 update will likely be set in the last quarter of 2017 in order to allow the car to be released by the start of 2018.
In terms of pricing, the bottom model is still going to cost $23,000 but its first class versions goes for quite a bit more than now mainly because of the addition of this sportier version.