Those looking for a fun-to-drive crossover SUV that offers excellent value for the money should consider the 2017 Kia Sportage. For 2017, it is offered with a new and refreshing look, lots of interior upgrades, and a new engine.
Additionally, it boasts of better comfort and ride quality thanks to the changes made to its suspension and chassis, improved fuel economy, and upscale interior appointments. The Kia Sportage release date should be expected sometime in the third quarter of 2017 if all goes according to plans.
As one of the longest running models in Kia’s lineup, the new Sportage marks the fourth-generation with lots of swag ranging from performance updates to new and invigorating looks. The exterior, for example, judging from the 2017 Kia Sportage LA auto show, depicts a modern vehicle and will undeniably arouse social media frenzy once it hits U.S shores. The LED headlights are perched high while the rear fascia looks like a mash-up of BMW, Lincoln, and Ford small crossovers.
Unique features that are going to be a first for the new model include additional leg and headroom thanks to the added dimensions, the back seats have been lowered in order to allow for easier ingress and egress, and the cargo room has increased by a whopping 31 cu. ft. of extra room.
More Silent Interior?
Interior wise, sound-deadening materials have been offered in plenty therefore significantly reducing tire, the wind, and road noise. New technologies have been offered such as wireless phone charging and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, leather upholstery, Kia’s Uvo 3 package, and a five-inch touchscreen interface. There’s also the wider panoramic sunroof, and the better visibility offered by the thinner reinforcement pillars.
The sporty character of the 2017 Kia Sportage is preserved by the new suspension design and a more rigid chassis while ensuring the ride quality and refined comfort is not jeopardized. But even with such an impressive 2017 Kia Sportage review, what else is out there? Well, the Sportage isn’t the only vehicle in its class that offers such an amazing array of new features.
Competition And Alternatives?
Other alternatives you can sample include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4. All of these options, unlike the Sportage, offer impressive cargo and passenger space. Nonetheless, the Sportage deserves some bit of consideration.
Fuel Consumption And Engine Specs
Motivation under the hood of the new 2017 Kia Sportage is inspired by the Cessna Jet. A power output of 181 hp and 177 lbs. ft. of torque is generated by a 2.4L engine and this is used to power the base model. Pairing is done with the six-speed automatic.
Those looking for more oomph should opt for the 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 241 horsepower and 260 pounds-ft. of torque that comes paired with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission system. The all-wheel-drive system is optional on either engine.
What Are The Trim Levels For The 2017 Kia Sportage?
Three trims will be available for the five-passenger 2017 Kia Sportage: LX, SX, and EX. Although unconfirmed, the 2017 Kia Sportage GT specs should be expected months before its release date.
Exterior and interior Details For The 2017 Kia Sportage
Some of the standard features offered on the LX include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, folding and reclining rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, cloth upholstery, a rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, a 4.3” touchscreen display, roof rails, a rear spoiler, a 4.3” touchscreen display, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
Kia Sportage SX Model
The sportier 2017 Kia Sportage SX adds LED daytime running lights, aluminum scuff plates, different eighteen-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a turbocharged engine, LED taillights and running lights, a panoramic sunroof, a unique front grille, voice controls, rear parking sensors, an upgraded Infiniti sound system, heated power-folding mirrors, foglights, HD radio, and dual exhaust outlets.
When To Expect It And For How Much?
According to various sources within the industry circles, it is expected the new model will debut in the market in early 2017, if not by the fall of this year.
The 2017 Kia Sportage price starts from an MSRP of around $22,500.