This January an all new looking Kia Sportage 2016 was caught on camera somewhere in Sweden rollicking in the snow during its winter test drive. Although a bit smaller than the 2016 Sorento, it still packs a delightful punch to the eyes. Even under disguise, the new Kia sportage has a lot of familiar features with KX3 design concept if one takes a short close look. This unreleased prototype although without proper information on its specs and price, is still giving away a few clues from the secret photos taken of it.
Kia Sportage 2016 Exterior and Interior
The Kia Sportage 2016 design revamp easily displays major influence of KX3 design concept especially on the front grille, which had young Chinese customers on its wish list when it premiered at the Guangzhou Automobile show two years ago. It featured 1.6 T-GDi engines with 7 speeds DCT. The front grille featuring new head lights displays a bigger but already familiar Tiger Nose design apart from prominently displaying those fog lights. This does seem quite freshly upmarket and makes its appearance attractive and aggressive. The bumpers, apart from the fog lights, also hold the turn and reverse lights. LED taillights can be easily seen with a better design than before. Chromed bezels would also help beautify the exterior with about 11 colours to choose from. The chassis could be differently structured with a lighter but durable weight and with a better suspension to create better grip and comfort in off road conditions. The last redo of the Sportage was done in 2013 and before that in 2011. This time, it’s very likely that we will see another major revamp altogether.
The interior design of the Kia Sportage 2016 has obviously had a major overhaul with a redesigned steering along with a screen displaying info. There are control buttons on the steering wheel as well as on the dashboard. Left and right of it are the Tachometer and the Speedometers. Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity seems quite likely with a display panel interface for infotainment. An eco friendly design is presented which is definitely in vogue these days. All in all, it will be neat.
Kia Sportage 2016 Power train/Performance
The guess is that the new set of engines will probably include 1.2 litres 4 cylinder TGDi of 132 HP, 1.6 TGDi of approx 200 HP and a 2 litre TGDi of 245 HP in the gasoline department while the diesel most likely will include 1.6 CRDi producing 136 HP and 2 litre CRDi producing 190 HP. The transmission will most probably be 7 speeds DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission).
Kia Sportage 2016 Release Date and Price
One can expect Kia Sportage 2016 to be within a range of 22000$ to approx 29000$, the latter being the AWD chart topping version. There will be a significant improvement in mileage especially when compared to earlier versions.There are rumours that according to the different trim levels apart from the standard, there will be a difference in price.
The next generation Kia Sportage 2016 would probably be launched somewhere in the early 2016. Until then we need to wait and watch.