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The new Kia Sportage

THE ALL-NEW KIA SPORTAGE ON SALE IN THE UK
Stylish crossover arrives earlier than expected

  • All-new Sportage, initially available as a ‘First Edition’ model
  • More premium feel, more dynamic
  • Ride and handling developed in UK
  • Unrivalled seven year, 100,000 mile warranty
  • Capable of towing up to 2,000 kgs
  • All-new more efficient and cleaner engine and transmissions – CO2 reduced by 31g/km

The all-new Kia Sportage crossover, one of the sensations of the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, is now on sale in the UK – months earlier than expected.

Kia has secured a limited number of early right-hand-drive cars powered by the new 2.0-litre R-family common-rail diesel engine, and featuring Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

But as visitors to the Geneva show will know, there will eventually be a full range of engines for the new Sportage, including 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel units featuring Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology and the option of two-wheel drive. They will be available
from November 2010.

Fresh start
 
When Kia began work on the new Sportage a little over three years ago, it identified that the then largely unheard-of crossover vehicle – combining much of the stance and attitude of a compact SUV, but with sleeker looks and a greener conscience – would play an increasingly important role in buying patterns of the future. That is exactly what Kia's design teams under Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer have created – a rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The new Kia Sportage is a five-door, five-seat crossover designed to meet the requirements of young families – or the young at heart – who lead busy, primarily urban-centric, lifestyles.

It is longer, lower and wider than the SUV it succeeds. It also weighs around 90kg less and has a sleeker aerodynamic profile, with a Cd down from 0.40 to 0.37. All of this has ensured that it is not only more stylish and sporty, but also more environmentally friendly.

Widened front and rear tracks enhance stability and driving enjoyment, while the reduced ground clearance aids fuel consumption and emissions at the same time as reflecting that the car's role is increasingly less likely to be as a traditional off-roader. It is still more than capable when called upon to perform in those conditions, however.

Object of desire
Chief Design Officer Schreyer says the aim with the new Sportage was to make it an object of desire rather than simply a mode of transport. 'The allure of a Kia should extend well beyond the fact that it moves people from one place to the other,' he says.

Sleek and rakish, the new Sportage is a radical departure from the 2004 model it replaces. It successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in a more urban-friendly, more athletic and more muscular package, and features the tiger's nose grille surround that Schreyer is turning into a Kia trademark and an instant identifier.

The high shoulder and low roof lines meet in striking reverse-angle C-pillars that improve the view out for rear passengers. The ribbed roof, chunky door handles, roof rails and large wing mirrors are as much signs of the new Sportage's street-wise urban toughness as its capability in difficult conditions.

The spacious five-seat cabin is as dynamic as the exterior and is dominated by a multi-tier dashboard that narrows as it sweeps in from the sides towards the middle, leading into an eye-catching centre console. The design deliberately emphasises the width of the new Sportage and also gives occupants a feeling of protection and safety.

More for less
The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the First Edition model develops 134bhp at 4000rpm and 320Nm (236lb ft) of torque from just 1800rpm, giving it a better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio than the outgoing Sportage with the older 2.0-litre diesel engine. Yet it is simultaneously more fuelefficient
and less damaging to the environment.

With the six-speed manual gearbox it achieves combined economy of 47.1mpg – 7.3mpg better than the old car – with CO2 emissions of 156g/km, a huge reduction of 31g/km. But it also accelerates more quickly and has a higher top speed. Even the six-speed automatic outscores the previous manual model, with fuel consumption of 40.4mpg (versus 39.8mpg) and CO2 emissions of
183g/km (formerly 187g/km). It is also quicker and faster than the previous manual Sportage.

The new First Edition comes as standard with intelligent electronically controlled single high ratio all-wheel drive that normally delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels. But the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road
conditions deteriorate. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

A number of new electronic features have been added to the new Sportage, increasing safety for on-road driving and the car's capability for those owners who wish to go off-road or who live in areas where bad weather and poor driving conditions are facts of life.

Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) counter-acts any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions. It is linked in the new Sportage to three additional systems – Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill -Start Assist Control (HSC) and a Roll-over Sensor.
DBC ensures the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes. HAC has the reverse effect, preventing slip-back when setting off uphill 10 and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin. The Roll-over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of rolling over and deploys the side and curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen. 

Fully loaded
The First Edition is available in a choice of five exterior colours, including a stunning new metallic Techno Orange. It is a fully-specced car that includes full leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control and an audio system that incorporates an RDS radio, a CD player and MP3, USB and iPod connectivity. Bluetooth with voice recognition is also standard.

A rear-view safety camera which transmits an image to an LCD colour display integrated into the rear-view mirror is also fitted, and there are reversing sensors to complete the package. Front foglights and cornering lights ensure good visibility in all conditions, day or night and the new Sportage First Edition is also fitted with stylish LED daytime running lights.

The First Edition’s appearance is enhanced by rear privacy glass and stunning 18-inch alloy wheels. Roof rails are standard, while the body-coloured electric, folding door mirrors incorporate LED indicator strips.

And as is now the norm with Kia, the car is covered by an unrivalled sevenyear, 100,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty. 

Engine comparisons

Engine New
2.0-litre CRDi
‘R’
Difference Outgoing
2.0-litre CRDi
bhp 134 -13 147
Nm 320 +15 305
lb/ft 236 -75 311

CO2 - Man.
         Auto       

156
183
-31
-
187
n/a

Fuel consumption Man. - Urb.
                                    X.urb.
                                    Comb.

40.4
52.3
47.1
+8.7
+6.7
+7.3
31.7c
45.6
39.8

Fuel consumption Auto - Urb.
                                    X.urb.
                                    Com.

31.7
47.9
40.4
-
-
-
n/a
n/a
n/a


The essential figures

Engine / transmission 0-60
mph
Top speed  mpg
(comb.)
CO2
2.0 CRDi AWD Manual 10.9 112 47.1 156
2.0 CRDi AWD Auto 11.6 112 40.4 183

 

Engine Trim Drivetrain Transmission Seats
2.0-litre CRDi First
edition
AWD Manual 5
2.0-litre CRDi First
Edition
AWD Auto 5


For further information please contact:


Stephen Kitson Communications Director
Direct dial 01932 832075
E-mail skitson@kia.co.uk

Sara Drummond-Bell Press Officer (Press Fleet)
Direct dial 01932 832072
E-mail sdrummond-bell@kia.co.uk

Matthew Bendall Press Officer
Direct dial 01932 832073
E-mail mbendall@kia.co.uk

GENERAL

The new Kia Sportage

THE ALL-NEW KIA SPORTAGE ON SALE IN THE UK
Stylish crossover arrives earlier than expected

  • All-new Sportage, initially available as a ‘First Edition’ model
  • More premium feel, more dynamic
  • Ride and handling developed in UK
  • Unrivalled seven year, 100,000 mile warranty
  • Capable of towing up to 2,000 kgs
  • All-new more efficient and cleaner engine and transmissions – CO2 reduced by 31g/km

The all-new Kia Sportage crossover, one of the sensations of the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, is now on sale in the UK – months earlier than expected.

Kia has secured a limited number of early right-hand-drive cars powered by the new 2.0-litre R-family common-rail diesel engine, and featuring Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

But as visitors to the Geneva show will know, there will eventually be a full range of engines for the new Sportage, including 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel units featuring Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology and the option of two-wheel drive. They will be available
from November 2010.

Fresh start
 
When Kia began work on the new Sportage a little over three years ago, it identified that the then largely unheard-of crossover vehicle – combining much of the stance and attitude of a compact SUV, but with sleeker looks and a greener conscience – would play an increasingly important role in buying patterns of the future. That is exactly what Kia's design teams under Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer have created – a rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The new Kia Sportage is a five-door, five-seat crossover designed to meet the requirements of young families – or the young at heart – who lead busy, primarily urban-centric, lifestyles.

It is longer, lower and wider than the SUV it succeeds. It also weighs around 90kg less and has a sleeker aerodynamic profile, with a Cd down from 0.40 to 0.37. All of this has ensured that it is not only more stylish and sporty, but also more environmentally friendly.

Widened front and rear tracks enhance stability and driving enjoyment, while the reduced ground clearance aids fuel consumption and emissions at the same time as reflecting that the car's role is increasingly less likely to be as a traditional off-roader. It is still more than capable when called upon to perform in those conditions, however.

Object of desire
Chief Design Officer Schreyer says the aim with the new Sportage was to make it an object of desire rather than simply a mode of transport. 'The allure of a Kia should extend well beyond the fact that it moves people from one place to the other,' he says.

Sleek and rakish, the new Sportage is a radical departure from the 2004 model it replaces. It successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in a more urban-friendly, more athletic and more muscular package, and features the tiger's nose grille surround that Schreyer is turning into a Kia trademark and an instant identifier.

The high shoulder and low roof lines meet in striking reverse-angle C-pillars that improve the view out for rear passengers. The ribbed roof, chunky door handles, roof rails and large wing mirrors are as much signs of the new Sportage's street-wise urban toughness as its capability in difficult conditions.

The spacious five-seat cabin is as dynamic as the exterior and is dominated by a multi-tier dashboard that narrows as it sweeps in from the sides towards the middle, leading into an eye-catching centre console. The design deliberately emphasises the width of the new Sportage and also gives occupants a feeling of protection and safety.

More for less
The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the First Edition model develops 134bhp at 4000rpm and 320Nm (236lb ft) of torque from just 1800rpm, giving it a better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio than the outgoing Sportage with the older 2.0-litre diesel engine. Yet it is simultaneously more fuelefficient
and less damaging to the environment.

With the six-speed manual gearbox it achieves combined economy of 47.1mpg – 7.3mpg better than the old car – with CO2 emissions of 156g/km, a huge reduction of 31g/km. But it also accelerates more quickly and has a higher top speed. Even the six-speed automatic outscores the previous manual model, with fuel consumption of 40.4mpg (versus 39.8mpg) and CO2 emissions of
183g/km (formerly 187g/km). It is also quicker and faster than the previous manual Sportage.

The new First Edition comes as standard with intelligent electronically controlled single high ratio all-wheel drive that normally delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels. But the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road
conditions deteriorate. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

A number of new electronic features have been added to the new Sportage, increasing safety for on-road driving and the car's capability for those owners who wish to go off-road or who live in areas where bad weather and poor driving conditions are facts of life.

Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) counter-acts any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions. It is linked in the new Sportage to three additional systems – Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill -Start Assist Control (HSC) and a Roll-over Sensor.
DBC ensures the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes. HAC has the reverse effect, preventing slip-back when setting off uphill 10 and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin. The Roll-over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of rolling over and deploys the side and curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen. 

Fully loaded
The First Edition is available in a choice of five exterior colours, including a stunning new metallic Techno Orange. It is a fully-specced car that includes full leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control and an audio system that incorporates an RDS radio, a CD player and MP3, USB and iPod connectivity. Bluetooth with voice recognition is also standard.

A rear-view safety camera which transmits an image to an LCD colour display integrated into the rear-view mirror is also fitted, and there are reversing sensors to complete the package. Front foglights and cornering lights ensure good visibility in all conditions, day or night and the new Sportage First Edition is also fitted with stylish LED daytime running lights.

The First Edition’s appearance is enhanced by rear privacy glass and stunning 18-inch alloy wheels. Roof rails are standard, while the body-coloured electric, folding door mirrors incorporate LED indicator strips.

And as is now the norm with Kia, the car is covered by an unrivalled sevenyear, 100,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty. 

Engine comparisons

Engine New
2.0-litre CRDi
‘R’
Difference Outgoing
2.0-litre CRDi
bhp 134 -13 147
Nm 320 +15 305
lb/ft 236 -75 311

CO2 - Man.
         Auto       

156
183
-31
-
187
n/a

Fuel consumption Man. - Urb.
                                    X.urb.
                                    Comb.

40.4
52.3
47.1
+8.7
+6.7
+7.3
31.7c
45.6
39.8

Fuel consumption Auto - Urb.
                                    X.urb.
                                    Com.

31.7
47.9
40.4
-
-
-
n/a
n/a
n/a


The essential figures

Engine / transmission 0-60
mph
Top speed  mpg
(comb.)
CO2
2.0 CRDi AWD Manual 10.9 112 47.1 156
2.0 CRDi AWD Auto 11.6 112 40.4 183

 

Engine Trim Drivetrain Transmission Seats
2.0-litre CRDi First
edition
AWD Manual 5
2.0-litre CRDi First
Edition
AWD Auto 5


For further information please contact:


Stephen Kitson Communications Director
Direct dial 01932 832075
E-mail skitson@kia.co.uk

Sara Drummond-Bell Press Officer (Press Fleet)
Direct dial 01932 832072
E-mail sdrummond-bell@kia.co.uk

Matthew Bendall Press Officer
Direct dial 01932 832073
E-mail mbendall@kia.co.uk



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Kia Sportage named "2010 Top Safety Pick" in the U.S.

All-new crossover receives highest recognition from IIHS in the U.S. Sportage receives top ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection Sportage is fourth new generation Kia vehicle to be named "Top Safety Pick" The all-new Sportage has been recognised as a "Top Safety Pick" by the U.S.'s Insurance Institute for...

Aug 17, 2010
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Kia announces all-new Sportage First Edition

First Edition version marks an early start to all-new Sportage RHD production New 2.0-litre CRDi engine offers greatly improved CO2 emissions High specification version available in a choice of five colours Manual or automatic transmission available On sale from 1 August 2WD, petrol and other diesel variants to follow in...

Jul 6, 2010
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Global design appeal for the new Kia Sportage

"I want to give Kia global appeal, and I want that appeal to be about design above all else - the new Sportage is a major step towards achieving that goal" says Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer.  Schreyer, who joined Kia in 2006, intends to transform the public perception of Kia right around the world. "The new Sportage is fresh...

Jun 28, 2010
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Kia Sportage sees final development in the UK

Fourth consecutive new Kia to be developed on UK roads Manufactured at the state-of-the-art Žilina plant in Slovakia On sale in the UK from 1 August 2010 The new Kia Sportage, which goes on sale in August, is Kia's latest European-designed model to have been specifically developed for the UK's roads and drivers.  Research...

Jun 21, 2010
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The all-new Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage Press Pack Contents 01         Introduction New Kia Sportage - the all-new urban-friendly compact SUV 02         Styling & Design Introducing ‘a new kind of dynamic aesthetics' 03         Comfort...

Mar 2, 2010
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World premiere for all-new Kia Sportage at Geneva

The all-new Kia Sportage will show a dramatic shift in design direction when it makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 2 March, 2010. Embodying Kia's new visual dynamism, all-new Sportage is a fresh, bold, athletic and sporty design that blends the key features of an SUV - the commanding driving position, heightened sense of...

Feb 3, 2010
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Every Kia gets a seven-year warranty

Kia is kicking off 2010 by extending its unique seven-year warranty to all its cars - delivering Europe's best manufacturer-backed protection for new car buyers. Previously available on Kia's European-built products such as cee'd and Sportage, the seven-year warranty will now apply to every vehicle in the Kia range from the Picanto city car to...

Jan 4, 2010
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Cool spring offers from Kia

Kia is adding two special edition models to its line-up for spring, the Sportage TITAN and the Rio Ice.

Apr 13, 2007
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Diesel engined Sportage completes range

The arrival of a common rail diesel engined version of Kia's rugged yet stylish all-new Sportage completes the model's UK line-up and presents the small SUV market with its most attractive and challenging vehicle.

Feb 15, 2005
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All new Kia Sportage

Kia's top-selling 4x4 has been given a totally new lease of life to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Dec 9, 2004
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Kia unveils next generation fuel cell vehicle

The Kia Motors Corporation's fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) programme made a major step forward today (Thursday) with the unveiling of the all-new Kia Sportage FCEV at the Mondial de L'Automobile in Paris.

Sep 23, 2004
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Kia reveals all-new Sportage SUV

Kia Motors Corporation has released the first official photographs and technical details of its eagerly awaited all-new small SUV, which will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Aug 6, 2004
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