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Kia Sportage Boasts New Powertrains and Design for Drivers in Korea and Europe

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The Kia Sportage has gotten even better for drivers in Europe and Korea. A refined exterior and new powertrains optimize the already popular and global best-seller for Kia Motors.

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A new 1.6-liter “SmartStream” diesel engine gives drivers in Korea and Europe an incredible option to power their Sportage. This four-cylinder diesel engine takes the place of the previous 1.7-liter CRDi diesel engine option. At this time, only European drivers will have the option of the all-wheel-drive equipped first 2.0-liter “R” diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. The responsive combination of a 2.0-liter diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission will be available in other select global markets.

“The 48V diesel mild-hybrid unit is the first to be launched as part of Kia’s global powertrain electrification strategy. With this development, Kia becomes the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-V mild-hybrid technology across its full model line-up,” reports Kia.

New rear and front bumpers, a variety of paint colors, metallic skid plates, chrome sill trim and 16- through 19-inch alloy wheels are among the exterior changes available on specific Sportage models. Dark chrome inserts on the rear tailgate and side sills, a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, and  silver and gloss black skid plate are featured on the GT Line models and the SX trim.

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Kia Sportage
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New infotainment options and safety features are available on the enhanced Sportage. Depending on the market, drivers will have the option to integrate driver assist systems such as a Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Driver Attention Warning. The debut “frameless” 8.0-inch infotainment system or 7.0-inch touch screen are available as well.