Kia introduces a heavyweight rival of Hyundai Tucson, ready to beat both Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V

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2021-11-05 07:45:03

The new Kia Sportage crossover has just been launched by the Korean automaker in the US with a design following the philosophy of “Contrasting Design”. On this new version, Sportage owns a boomerang-style LED daytime running light strip along with a black painted grille.

The new Kia Sportage has a sharper look than before with a front bumper and angular body lines. Meanwhile, the rear of the car is also quite prominent thanks to its spear-shaped LED taillights with a seamless design similar to Porsche models.

The new Kia Sportage has a longer wheelbase and overall length compared to its predecessor. Specifically, the wheelbase of this new version is 86 mm longer while the length dimension is also 180 mm larger. Not stopping there, the new Sportage also has a 38mm higher ground clearance along with a 12mm greater height and width. Thanks to the increase in size, Sportage promises to bring more comfortable space for the rear seats along with a storage capacity of up to 1,121 liters, the best in the segment.

The car is equipped with a touch-integrated infotainment system and a high-definition digital instrument cluster. Both screens are 12.3-inches in size, seamlessly designed to form a large 25-inch digital display on the dashboard. In addition, Kia Sportage is also equipped with the ability to broadcast Wi-Fi for 5 devices at the same time.

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Kia Sportage is developed based on the N3 platform, using a naturally aspirated 2.5L engine with a maximum capacity of 187 horsepower. This engine is mated to a new 8-speed transmission and an Active AWD system that distributes power between the front and rear wheels. In the near future, it is likely that the new Sportage will be added with a hybrid version.

As expected, Kia Sportage will be sold in the US market from the first quarter of next year with 7 variants: LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige. In particular, the two versions of X-Pro will have many unique details such as heated wipers, heated windshield, 17-inch alloy wheels with adjustable rubber tires. covers all terrains.

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The new Kia Sportage will bring with it the expectation to help this model increase its competitiveness with very strong rivals in the segment such as Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson or Honda CR-V.

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