EU - 2022 Kia Sportage – Next-gen Kia SUV has been tuned to suit European tastes | Mini Auto

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Kia has announced the European version of the new fifth-generation Sportage - and for the first time in 28 years it offers an SUV version specially developed for the region.

The global version of the new Kia Sportage has officially launched online with exotic design touches and customization options available. Now, almost three months later, the Korean crossover will make its European debut, just days before its scheduled public appearance at IAA 2021 in Munich next week.

If it looks familiar but slightly different from the global pattern, there is an explanation for that. First, the official press photos attached to the gallery below depict a sportier-looking GT Line trim level with a distinctive front fascia design. For example, the grille has a hexagonal shape, while the lower part of the bumper has a different layout and a new location for the adaptive cruise control radar.

Design forward thinking

Kia's new design language - Opposites United - is at the heart of the Sportage, influencing every aspect of its appearance and character. Its design builds on the 'Bold for Nature' theme and respects the perfection and simplicity of nature while connecting with the brand's new design direction. Sketches revealed today hint at a sporty, assertive and avant-garde SUV.

Most notably, however, the European Sportage is shorter than models destined for the rest of the world. On closer inspection, you can notice the shorter tailgate and the smaller rear panel that lacks a window. This is necessary as the shorter wheelbase for the Old Continent will be 2,680 mm (105.51 inches) compared to 2,755 mm (108.4 inches) for the global model. The European crossover's overall length is 4,515 mm (177.75 in), 145 mm (5.7 in) shorter than the Sportage we saw three months ago.

Other than that, the whole picture looks pretty familiar to you, especially inside the cabin, where the two-screen layout doesn't make any changes. However, the GT Line trim offers some interesting tweaks, including a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, carbon fiber trim on the dashboard, and special leather seats with white stitching and GT Line lettering. Rent.

While both versions of the new Sportage feature a bold new front end featuring Kia's latest version of the 'tiger grille', the European model's lateral bodywork has been extensively reworked to give it an extra dimension. overall length and shorter wheelbase. The special C-pillar has been significantly modified, losing the built-in windows on longer vehicles. There is also a distinct rear bumper design, and European models in the GT-Line trim will get a contrasting black hood.

The wing mirrors have been moved from the A-pillar to the doors to increase visibility and refine aerodynamics.

New Kia Sportage interior

The new Kia Sportage gets a much more modern-looking interior than the outgoing model. Instead of that car’s relatively small touchscreen, you get a 12.3-inch central screen that links up to a new 12.3-inch digital driver’s display – much like the dual-screen setups you find in many Mercedes cars.

You get very few physical buttons in the new Sportage’s interior – as is common these days – so it may be a little tricky to operate some of the system’s more detailed menus while you’re driving.

The new Kia Sportage has 591 litres of boot space. That’s a significant improvement on the outgoing car’s 503-litre capacity. Flip the back seats down and you can carry 1,780 litres of family odds-and-ends.

Kia will sell the Euro-standard Sportage, which it describes as "the first European-exclusive Sportage in its precious 28-year history" with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel engines. diesel. Regardless of which you choose, all trims will come standard with Kia's ADAS-powered start-stop system, which determines whether to activate the system, for example. such as when the vehicle is approaching a stop sign or an intersection.

EU - 2022 Kia Sportage – Next-gen Kia SUV has been tuned to suit European tastes | Mini Auto EU - 2022 Kia Sportage – Next-gen Kia SUV has been tuned  to suit European tastes | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on September 01, 2021 Rating: 5

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