Kia Motors has revealed the 2018 Sportage, introducing a range of enhancements to the brand’s international best-seller. The revised model pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies. The car’s powertrains are also fully compliant with near-future emissions standards.
The Sportage’s advanced new EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is the first to be launched as part of the brand’s global powertrain electrification strategy. Kia is said to be the first manufacturer offering hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its full model lineup.
Improvements to the Sportage’s sporty exterior design include new front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps and new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Options include chrome sill trim and metallic skid plates, and five new paint colours.
GT-Line Sportage models are equipped with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The GT-Line’s unique 19-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual-exhaust rear valance and nicer “ice cube” LED foglamps.
The newly improved 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.
The 2018 Sportage adopts Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance systems, including Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. Customers also get a choice of Kia’s latest infotainment systems – a 7-inch touchscreen or a new “frameless” 8-inch infotainment system.