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These are the first pictures of the all-new Kia Sportage, an ‘urban-friendly’ scheduled for UK sale later this year.
It replaces the current Kia Sportage, which has been on sale since 2004.
As it’s a pre-motor show announcement, details are scarce, but it is clear from the information we do have – and the pictures themselves – that the third generation Sportage moves even further from SUV territory and towards crossovers, such as the and .
From SUV to crossover
Crossover vehicles aim to combine the increased visibility and sense of security inherent in traditional SUVs with the nimble handling and greater efficiency of an ordinary car.
And, as you can see, the new Sportage bears more than a passing resemblance to a Qashqai, albeit one with the latest Kia corporate face.
More space, greater comfort
Kia confirms that the all-new Sportage is longer, lower and wider than the previous car. It also has an increased wheelbase, good news for both passenger comfort and interior space.
We’re told it will feature a range of ‘highly competitive diesel and petrol engines’; this is likely to include the latest 2.2-litre turbodiesel and perhaps new turbocharged petrols.
Important car for Kia
The Sportage is an important car for the Korean brand, as Kia Motors (UK) Ltd Managing Director Michael Cole explains: ‘Sportage was the car that really made the breakthrough for Kia in Europe and the all-new version will make people sit up and take notice just as the original did. I am convinced it will begin a remarkable new chapter in the Kia story.’
Like all new Kias, the Sportage will have a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty – added value that no other car manufacturer can currently match.
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