Kia reveals all-new Sportage SUV
Friday, 6 August 2004
- World Debut for all-new SUV at Paris Motor Show in September
- Diesel or gasoline engines with manual or automatic transmissions
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.
Called the ‘Sportage' - reviving the name of Kia's hugely successful earlier 4x4 model which sold strongly all around the world during the 1990s - the new five-door SUV model is thoroughly modern in every aspect of its design. The four-wheel drive system is fully automatic and standard equipment includes traction control, while ESP (Electronic Stability Program) will be available and every model comes with front, side and curtain airbags.
Longer, wider and higher than the average small SUV, the new five-seater Sportage will offer customers much of the technical sophistication and stylish looks of the popular Sorento, but in a smaller package. The Sportage will be available with a choice of three engines (2-litre and 2.7-litre V6 gasoline, or 2-litre diesel), two-wheel or four-wheel drive powertrains, five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions (with full auto or manual selection) and two trim/equipment levels. Automatic transmission will be optional with the diesel.
"Adding to our quickly expanding product line-up, the all-new Sportage will reinforce Kia's presence in the SUV market where the award-winning Sorento is already so popular," comments Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Kia Motors. "The new Sportage is the latest embodiment of all the best attributes our brand represents."
The rear seat cushion and backrest has a unique ‘Fold & Dive' system to create a spacious, square-sided, completely flat cargo area. The passenger seat backrest can fold flat to accommodate extra-long loads and at the rear, the top-hinged tailgate features a flip-up window (like the Sorento) for added loading versatility. The spare wheel is carried internally, beneath the cargo area floor, so the gas-strut supported tailgate is easy to operate.
Sportage customer deliveries in Europe are scheduled to start during October and more than 20,000 models will be available for the European market during 2005 including right hand drive UK specification models.
"The new Kia Sportage is a ‘next generation' vehicle - sporty and elegant, adaptable and spacious," commented Jean-Charles Lievens, Vice President of Kia Motors Europe. "It will offer Kia consumers three modern vehicles in one - with Passenger car refinement, ride and handling, SUV exterior, ease of access and four-wheel grip, plus Estate-like versatility, people space and cargo space."