2011 Kia Sportage

Fresh off its world debut at the 2010 Geneva motor show, the 2011 Kia Sportage make its first North American appearance at the 2010 New York Auto Show.

The 2011 Kia Sportage first wowed us with its new baby-Sorento styling last month at its international debut in Geneva, but now that it's turned up in New York for its U.S. debut, we've learned a few more facts about the new model.

2011 Kia Sportage Front Three Quarter As you may already know, the new Sportage is even more pavement-biased than the outgoing model. Altogether, the new unibody is longer, wider and lower than the old model. What's more, even its all-wheel-drive system is heavily biased towards the front wheels, transferring only "a percentage" of the power on tap to the rear wheels to combat slippery surfaces. In the hairiest of situations, drivers can opt to lock the center differential and send 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels, though only to 25 mph. Additional off-road themed features include both hill start and hill descent assist systems designed to keep you in control in all situations...

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promo image First Look: 2011 Kia Sportage
The 2011 Kia Sportage first wowed us with its new baby-Sorento styling last month at its international debut in Geneva, but now that it's turned up in New York for its U.S. debut, we've learned a few more facts about the new model. m

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