Kia's Newest Sportage Is Fantastic Forbidden Fruit

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We're rather jealous of this one.

Kia has been enjoying a wave of sales success with the all-new Kia Sportage that made its official debut back in June. With a bold new design language and more standard tech and safety gear than ever before, the Kia Sportage is setting records for the Korean automaker, and Kia plans to capitalize on that success by offering a European-specific model for the first time in the model's 28-year history. According to Kia Europe, the special model has been designed around the optimal wheelbase and dimensions for European roads, and features a "sleek yet muscular and modern exterior design with a cutting-edge premium interior."

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The exterior of the Euro Sportage features a detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the car's 'Tiger Nose' face, and also features futuristically-styled boomerang-shaped LED DRLs. A newly available black roof highlights the Sportage's new swooping fastback profile. Depending on the trim, the Euro Sportage will be offered with 17-inch, 18-inch, or 19-inch wheels, in six different designs, colors and finishes. "The all-new Sportage has been carefully designed, developed and honed specifically for Europe, in the process breaking boundaries and establishing new benchmarks in the SUV segment," said Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe.

The interior of the Euro Sportage features a beautifully curved display with a touchscreen pad cradled by some notably sporty air vents. The 12.3-inch display is joined by a 12.3-inch instrument cluster featuring the latest-generation full TFT liquid-crystal technology, and all apps and functions are connected through the Kia Connect smartphone app, including navigation, calendar integration, and voice recognition. Other features include wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. "With its forward-thinking exterior design and its pioneering interior, the new Sportage combines dynamic road presence on the outside with a class-leading, driver-focused premium cabin that benefits from the very latest breakthrough tech features." continued Jeong.

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Under the hood, the Euro-bound Sportage gets a unique set of powertrains that focuses on efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint. Euro customers can expect gasoline and diesel powertrains, as well as hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. The PHEV Sportage uses a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine and electric motor combo for a power output of 261 horsepower, while the HEV model packs a 226-hp punch. The clean diesel option offers up to 134 hp and is available with MHEV technology. Transmissions on offer include a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Kia believes that the fifth-generation Sportage will also be the safest, and we think so too: the advanced driver assistance system (DriveWise) includes standard forward collision assist with Junction Turning functionality, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, park assist, and more. The all-new Euro Sportage will make its official debut at the first IAA Mobility show in Munich from 7 to 12 September.

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