Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


Updated Kia Sportage Shown with New Powertrain Technology

Kia Motors has revealed details of the upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage, the brand’s global best-selling vehicle. The new model boasts a refreshed exterior and interior design, as well as new safety and infotainment technologies. The mid-sized crossover utility vehicle (CUV) also offers buyers a range of new or upgraded powertrains that deliver high levels of efficiency.

Among the major upgrades is the 2.0-liter diesel engine, which is now available with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, and – in certain markets – 48-volt mild-hybrid power. The Sportage is also available with an all-new 1.6-liter diesel engine, employing the company’s new ‘SmartStream’ efficiency technologies. These new powertrains deliver greater performance and efficiency, and sit alongside the Sportage’s extensive range of gasoline engines to offer a suitable engine for every buyer.

The 48V diesel mild-hybrid unit is the first to be launched as part of Kia’s global powertrain electrification strategy. With this development, Kia becomes the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its full model line-up.

Improvements to the Sportage’s sporty exterior design include new front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps. Depending on market, new 16-, 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs are available, and options include chrome sill trim and metallic skid plates, and a range of new paint colors.

SX and GT Line models are equipped with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The model’s unique 19-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamps.

While the layout of the cabin is retained, a series of upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The upgraded model is equipped with a new steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster, while the cabin is available with new upholstery designs. SX and GT Line models are available with new two-tone fabric and leather seats as standard, or with optional two-tone leather seats, with colors varying by market. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning controls at the centre of the dashboard has also been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding further clarity to the dashboard layout.

Global sales of the upgraded 2018 Kia Sportage commence during the third quarter of 2018.

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