Kia has decided to make some changes to Sportage to enable it to become more competitive and modern too. This redesign will include installation of new engines including a hybrid variant, and a refreshed look. It will be a refreshed model of the current Kia Sportage. The re-launched Kia Sportage will be a 2016 year model. There are speculations that it will get minimum features which will enable the automaker to lower its price in order to lure SUV enthusiasts into buying it. This renowned crossover 2016 Kia Sportage will come in three trims namely LX, SX and EX.
2016 Kia Sportage: Redesign Exterior and Interior
Outside this SUV, 2016 Kia Sportage, some minimal alterations will take place. It is expected that some more body colors might be offered in addition to the existing ones. The front bumpers will get some slight refreshments. The head lights will be equipped with the latest ID and LED technology hence they will look more aggressive. In addition, 2016 Kia Sportage will get a large bumper with fog lights on it. Its windows will come with a chrome frame all round while a panoramic roof might be offered as optional. The manufacturer is expected to provide about eleven exterior color shades. Apart from this, not much is expected in this new 2016 Kia Sportage. The reason behind these minimal changes is that Kia is preparing to launch a new generation some years later.
Some of the standard features to be found in these three trims include keyless access, 60/40 split folding and reclining rear seats, climate control, cruise control, 17 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth Connectivity, height adjustable driver seat, six speaker audio system, satellite radio, IPod/USB interface, Auxiliary input, CD player, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a rear privacy glass. On the steering wheel, buttons for audio control and telephone will be fixed there. Just behind this steering wheel, there will be a digital speedometer in addition to a rev counter. The dashboard will feature a TFT LCD touch screen that will provide information to the driver. Square vents will also be installed on both sides of its doors.
2016 Kia Sportage: Engine and Fuel Economy
Again on the engines, there will be no changes as the new 2016 Kia Sportage will run on the current engines. The base engine will remain the 2.4 liter four-cylinder that generates 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Thin engine will be installed under the bonnet of the LX and EX trims. The other engine option will be quite strong and it will be under the bonnet of the SX trim level. It is the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that generates 260 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque. The two engines will be mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The front wheel drive will remain as standard while the all wheel drive will be available as optional. In terms of fuel economy, 2016 Kia Sportage will also remain the same like in the previous model.
2016 Kia Sportage: Release Date, Price and Competitors
2016 Kia Sportage falls under a very tough category. Some of its closest competitors include Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V which are a bit large than Sportage. Other competitors which are almost similar to 2016 Kia Sportage in terms of performance and size are Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escalade. Given the minimal changes in this model, its price is expected to be in the same range as the 2015 model that is about $ 22 000 for the LX version. Its release date is rumored to be towards the end of 2015.