Last time when Kia Sportage got a major facelift was around five years ago, thus the company decided to finally transform it. As a matter of fact, sale wasn’t dropping and Sportage has been one of the top-selling cars manufactured by Kia, but engineers thought they can create better and more appealing SUV in order to be more competent. Therefore, we are going to see the brand-new 2016 Kia Sportage next year. The new Kia Sportage will have a completely new platform, the platform which has already been used in Tucson. Sportage and Tucson always share a platform and this tradition continues. As you can see in the pictures, 2016 model is significantly different than the last one. It has some new features but we should not neglect what is hiding under the bonnet. New engine was expected and we can finally say there is going to be the new unit.
2016 Kia Sportage ENGINE
The previous model used the 2.4l, but the Kia Sportage 2016 is going to have the 1.6l with a turbocharger, which will have the exact same performance as the old one. However, one engine unit is going to be carried over and that will be the 2.0l engine unit with a turbocharger, as well. This unit is able to deliver around 260 HP, a little more than the base engine. However, there are rumors about one more unit.
The third possible engine unit should be a hybrid. The 2.0l turbocharged engine can be mated with 15kW electric motor and produce decent power, 148 HP and 305 pound-feet of torque. According to the experts this hybrid engine could reach astonishing 50 MPG! This could be the best-in-class mileage. There are no many crossovers with mileage even close to this one. We can just cross our fingers and hope the 2016 Kia Sportage will have a hybrid option.
Kia Sportage 2016 INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
If you can recall the previous models, you will notice all those models had a boxier look than the 2016 model. Kia Sportage 2016 is going to have significantly different shape and, according to some people, will take after the KX3 concept. The front grille has been changed and it is not as high as it used to be. Fog lights are more rounded and headlights have been narrowed. Perhaps there are going to be even more modifications, but these are the only refreshments confirmed so far.
More space and better-quality materials – four words that describe the main changes in terms of interior. There is going to be new infotainment system as well, which will be based on Hyundai’s. The biggest flaw of the new Sportage is going to be the price of the seats, since high-quality materials come at higher price. Apart from that, we cannot find another flaw of Kia’s new crossover.
2016 Kia Sportage RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
Allegedly, the 2016 Kia Sportage should be on the streets in first quarter of 2016. The price will depend on the model and the engine. The cheapest Sportage you will be able to get at the price of $22,000, but for the top model you will need to spend $13,000 more.