Seattle, Washington, was the site for the 2011 Kia Sportage printing, a compact commercial vehicle (CUV in Kia-speak) that fits between the Sorento SUV and boxy Seoul. Kia Sportage is one model of bread and butter, which have been assembled since 1995, many upgrades and modifications over the years.
The new version offers a fresh, new design, which has a visual impact from every angle. The front is an elegant and stirring the latter is an interesting form a distinctive style on the backlight, high-lights and cut the bunches of direction. The appearance of the new Sportage is a distinctive and beautiful, easy to draw.
Bold, elegant design carries over inside, even if the interior is modern and clean, without a series of distractions on the dashboard. This does not mean that it is a well-equipped, but the world of accessories which includes the panoramic sunroof, UVO powered by Microsoft for vehicle communications and entertainment systems, navigation, rear camera display, and more.
Under the hood, the new Sportage has a standard 2.4-liter engine, top-cam 4-cylinder with continuously variable valve timing. Power of 176 hp and fuel efficiency is a priority, and Kia reporting 22 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. A little later, based on models, Kia has the powerful 2.0-liter turbo four is more than 270 horsepower. Kia says the engine is powerful, yet still return fuel economy very good.
Other options are the front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic.
The security side, the new Kia Sportage is located in a number of safety of air passengers' as well as ABS brakes, electronic stability control and braking, control and Brake Assist System tire automatically generates a peak braking power in emergency situations. And there is also a Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control.
Kia Sportage 2011 Drive around the Seattle area and more up to Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascade Range has been a pleasure. While the basic engine of 4-cylinder gets a little buzzy on acceleration heavy gas, it does an effective job and provide enough power. And 6-speed automatic transmission keeps the engine in the power band while accelerating.
Ride quality is good, so highway driving showed some stiffness, as well as excessive road noise. However, on twisty roads, the suspension was kept well through the fast corner and, while not a sports car, the Sportage is reasonably agile and fun to drive.
The interior is spacious and comfortable rooms. Leg room is much, even for drivers over the seating of 6 feet high, and the back is fine for most adults. Headroom is more than enough, front and rear, and rear cargo area is easy to load platform with a clever underfloor tray that is divided into compartments for storing various objects.
The Kia Sportage has been one of the first compact SUV in the U.S. market, pointing to the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. He continues to win audiences over, and version 2011 is that to improve its position in the market. With three trim levels (Base, LX and EX), a turbo engine came to a wide range of standard and optional equipment, the Kia has success written all over it. Add to this the fact that prices start below $ 16.900 for the base model, and you can see why buyers are willing to try an album soon.
remuneration Kia Sportage was officially presented to the world at the Geneva Motor Show. The small SUV will go on sale shortly after the evening on March 2.
Information about the beginnings of the vehicle was officially released shortly after images of the European Union Patent Office has been discovered.
The photos show the new model SUV with a completely new front, redesigned roofline, sculpted side panels and LED lighting in several places. The vehicle will be built on the same platform as the Hyundai Tucson (ix35) and will be "longer, lower and wider" than the second generation vehicle, according to a press release.
"Sportage was the car that really made the breakthrough for Kia in Europe and the brand new version that people stand up and take note, as the original did," said Michael Cole Kia executive. "I'm sure he will start a new chapter in the remarkable history and Kia."
The new Sportage fell under the leadership of former Audi design designer, Peter Schreyer. Under his leadership, the latest Kia models have become the Kia brand as a credible player in the world.