Kia Sportage 2017 Redesign, Review
The Kia Sportage 2017 has been a bit of a poor performer in one of the hottest sales segments in recent years, so it’s no surprise that it will get a full redesign for the 2017 model year. With this comes an all-new sleeker look, more rigid construction, an upgraded suspension, more premium materials and more efficient powertrains.
2017 Kia Sportage Exterior and Interior
The outside of the new 2017 Kia Sportage is pretty much similar to that of the European automobile which was expected considering most of their models are now Global. The front end is a bit uncommon featuring two high mounted round headlights and a rather massive grille surrounded by eight LED clusters which act as the fog-lights. However, while being uncommon, the vehicle is quite nicely balanced so the exterior appears to be simply happy. The back of the vehicle is a bit more aggressive with a set of angular tail lights and a dual-exhaust system on both engine selections.
The interior of the Kia Sportage 2017 has additionally received fairly a number of updates in terms of design so it doesn’t look obsolete like it did on the earlier model. The dashboard has been divided in two zones. The upper part houses the instrument cluster in addition to the new color touch-screen for the infotainment system while the lower half features the controls for the dual zone climate control system and for the various features of the vehicle. Just like before, leather seats can be found throughout the range and despite being one of many cheaper models in its class, it actually is likely one of the better equipped.
Kia Sportage 2017 Engine Specs
The Kia Sportage 2017 will launch with two powertrain choices. Base models will get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 241 hp and 260 lb-ft might be optional. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines, with both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Kia additionally says it made some changes to the steering and suspension to add some sport to the Sportage.
2017 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
The Kia Sportage 2017 should arrive in dealers in the spring of 2016, however pricing remains unknown for now. Most signs point toward a base price around $22,500.