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Kia announces prices for updated Sportage crossover

Kia has revealed prices for the facelifted version of its best-selling Sportage crossover, with the model starting from £20,305.

The new Sportage is the first Kia model to be offered with a 48V mild-hybrid, while a new 1.6-litre diesel engine is also available.

The mild-hybrid technology is available on the 182bhp 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine, and will make Kia the first manufacturer to offer a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV and mild-hybrid across its fleet. It comes as part of Kia’s plan to launch 16 ‘advanced powertrain’ vehicles by 2025.

While the design remains similar to the pre-facelift model, key differences include revised fog light surrounds, a different ‘tiger nose’ front grille and new LED headlights. Top-spec models feature front and rear silver skid plates. At the rear, revised lights show an altered LED lighting signature, while smatterings of chrome have been added as well.

The GT-Line trim has been changed, with a gloss black radiator grille and dark chrome inserts appearing on the front bumper, side sills and tailgate. Moving to the interior, the layout remains unchanged, although it features new instrument clusters and a new steering wheel.

The old 1.7-litre CRDi engine has been axed in place of a new 1.6-litre unit. Available with either 114bhp or 134bhp, the engine has CO2 emissions as low as 126g/km. Two petrol engines remain available – a naturally-aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre unit and a turbocharged 174bhp 1.6 T-GDI engine.

All models bar the entry-level ‘1’ trim come with lane-keep assist, high beam assist, trailer stability assist to help with towing trailers and speed limit recognition.

Other standard kit on ‘1’ grade Sportages includes a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, cruise control and a reversing camera.

Other trim levels include ‘2’, ‘4’, GT Line and the range-topping GT-Line S.

To celebrate 25 years of the Sportage, which is now Kia’s best-selling model, the South Korean firm has revealed a special ‘Edition 25’ trim. It’s available from launch and comes solely with the 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine paired to a manual gearbox. Kit highlights include 17-inch alloys, half-leather seats, premium paint, keyless entry, an eight-inch touchscreen with sat nav and a JBL sound system to name but a few.

Prices for the Sportage start from £20,305, rising to £34,545 for the range-topping mild-hybrid powertrain on the GT-Line S model.

Order books open for the facelifted Sportage from August 1.

Ted Welford

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July 24, 2018

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