Kia Sportage 2017 is one of the most popular medium sized crossover from the South Korean Automaker. Initially introduced in 1993, this car has been there over a decade now. Kia is all set to release the fourth generation variant and it will be known as the Kia Sportage 2017. This car is now going through its testing phase and a number of spy shots have been revealed too.
There is a lot of confusion regarding this model’s release and it seems that it could be released anytime before 2017. As usual Kia has refused to divulge any official information as of now but there seems to be a lot of speculations regarding the expected specifications. As this Kia SUV becomes more popular, it will face stiff competition from its contemporaries. Not much is known regarding the powertrain upgrades but it is expected that the 2017 variant will come with a more fuel efficient engine.
Kia Sportage 2017 Exterior and Interior
Kia Sportage 2017 will come with redesigned and improved exteriors and interiors. It is expected that there would be an improvement in its build quality. Kia’s build quality is already very good and it seems that it will be best in its segment now. To add to that this car’s predecessor was voted as the safest compact crossover. This 2017 variant has also adapted to a new and more aerodynamic design.
Other upgrades include chrome plated body, tinted windows and new LED headlights, taillights and indicators. Other than that this car will be equipped with all the latest technological features like an infotainment system, 10 inch touchscreen interface, navigation system, etc. This car will also be equipped with the latest safety and security features.
Kia Sportage 2017 Engine Options
Announcing price and release date is a better marketing strategy compared KIA’s decision about not to divulging any news regarding the engine variant. However we know that the new 2017 Kia Sportage will be available in two engine variants. One of them should be a four cylinder 2.4 L engine that uses direct fuel injection system and is capable of generating up to 182 horses at 3.5k rpm. It has a torque of 177 lb ft at 2.5k rpm. The other engine will probably be a 4 cylinder turbocharged CRDi engine of 2 L capable of generating up to 260 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque.
Other than these two petrol variants there could also be a hybrid variant. This car’s design is very elegant and it is structurally capable to support an electric motor. However it might just be available in two variants. These engines will be mated with an automatic six speed gearbox. Consumers will probably be allowed to choose between front wheel drive and an all wheel drive system.
Kia Sportage 2017 Release Date and Price
Kia Sportage 2017 will probably hit the showrooms by the end of next year or latest by June 2017. Kia vehicles are popular for their very affordable price tag and likewise this car will be too. The basic variant of this car will be available for around $26k and it seems to be a good deal for the all the features offered.