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Kia Reveals New Diesel and Mild Hybrid Powertrains for Sportage

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Kia Motors will reveal an upgraded Sportage complete with new powertrain choices, exterior changes, and updated technology to European customers later this year
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The Sportage, a global best-seller for Kia Motors, will sport an updated look, upgraded technologies, and new powertrains for the European market later this year (Q3 2018).

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“Kia’s new EcoDynamics+ 2.0-liter ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. It can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP),” reports Kia.

Replacing the Sportage’s 1.7-liter CRDi diesel engine is a 1.6-liter ‘U3’ CRDi engine.

“The new 1.6-liter diesel engine produces 115 or 136 ps, with higher-powered models available with all-wheel drive and seven-speed double-clutch transmission,” reports Kia, which adds the 1.6-liter U3 CRDi engine is “the cleanest diesel engine Kia has ever made.”

Newly designed rear and front bumpers, a choice of 16-, 17-, and 19-inch alloy wheels, and refreshed rear and front lamps will adorn the updated Sportage. European customers will have the option of five new paint colors, metallic skid plates, and sill trim in chrome. A redesigned “ice cube” LED fog lamp and a dual exhaust rear valance will be notable exterior changes to the Sportage.

“The newly-refined cabin features a new steering wheel and revised instrument cluster, as well as new black-and-grey two-tone upholstery. GT Line models are available with new black-and-grey two-tone leather seats, or optional black leather with red accents,” according to Kia.

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The Sportage will feature a choice between the innovative “frameless” 8-inch and 7-inch touchscreens to manipulate the SUV’s infotainment system settings. Advanced driver assist technologies such as an Around View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, and Driver Attention Warning will also be available to European customers.