2016 Kia Sportage launched

2016 Kia Sportage

Kia just launched the new 4th generation Kia Sportage here in the Philippines. Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia’s  distributor in the Philippines) showcased the car at a launch yesterday at Capitol Commons in Pasig.

The new model features a new design and updated interior and is slotted to be Kia’s crossover. It’s supposed to take on the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V.

Powering all variants is a 2.0 CRDi that dishes out 185hp mated to a 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic and Shiftlock tech. No gas variants unlike the outgoing model. Kia boasts that the new Sportage is more fuel efficient with sharper handling thanks to a new suspension setup.

Size-wise, the car measures 4.48m long, 1.855m wide and 1.655 tall. Luggage space is 503 liters – 38 more than the old model.

2016 Kia Sportage Interior

The new model does come with a price bump, starting out with the 2WD model at 1.445M and topping out with the aggressively styled (complete with 19-inch rims) GT Line at PHP 1.795M. The middle AWD model comes at PHP 1.595M.

With those price tags, the Sportage looks well-positioned to slug it out with its competitors. With the entry-level truck-based SUVs like the Fortuner and Montero already retailing at near those price ranges, those looking for a sleeker and smaller ride might consider crossovers instead.


Author: Alex

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