Along with the new suspension, Kia switched to a new quick-ratio electric power steering system that also helps save fuel. Kia isn't talking numbers yet, but the company promises both engines will offer better fuel economy than the old model. The company has also been working aggressively on quelling NVH problems to make the new Sportage a much smoother ride, but without sacrificing handling.
The new Sportage will be offered in just two trim levels -- LX and EX. The base LX trim will come nicely equipped per Kia's push to offer more content for less money to woo buyers. That means standard satellite radio, auxiliary audio connections, Bluetooth and its host of driver aids.
Upgrade to the top-shelf EX trim and you'll get a telescoping steering column, leather on the steering wheel and shifter, auto-folding rear seats, dual-zone climate control, a cooled glove box and a power driver's seat. You'll also have the option of adding nav, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sun roof, heated and cooled seats, leather seats and Kia's new UVO voice control system. Most of these options are available on the LX trim, too.
Along with the turbo four-cylinder's official outputs, we're still waiting on fuel economy numbers, pricing and an on-sale date, though it's expected sometime late this year. Whatever we don't learn in New York should come to light later this year as the on-sale date approaches.