Official Photos of 2017 Kia Sportage Released
Public Debut Scheduled for Frankfurt Motor Show
Like it or not, crossovers are hot, hot, hot. Both in the U.S. and around the world, the subcompact and compact crossover SUV segment is growing by leaps and bounds. Greater emphasis is being put on economy and tech features on new models, with many redesigned models reflecting this new emphasis. One such model is the 2017 Kia Sportage. Photos of the redesigned Sportage were released today ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Although the previous-generation Sportage could hardly be described as a shrinking violet in the styling department, the new model takes an even bolder approach, with high-mounted headlights and a low-mounted grille, bringing to mind models such as the Porsche Macan. The distinctive rear quarter window shape and thick C-pillar carry over as recognizable traits.
Photos of the interior have not yet been released; However, the new Sportage’s interior is reported to be among the most advanced and sophisticated of any Kia to date. The previous-generation Sportage shared a platform with the Hyundai Tucson, and the new model is expected to do the same. Also likely to be shared are powerplants between the two vehicles. That means a direct-injected 2.0L naturally aspirated I-4 as the base engine and a 1.6L turbo I-4 as an option. That represents a downsizing from the current Sportage SX, which has a 260hp 2.0L turbo engine. However, in testing the previous-generation SX, we found the burly turbo engine almost overwhelmed the vehicle at times, making the 1.6L a more economical and practical choice for most customers. Like the new Tucson, the 1.6L turbo engine is expected to be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.