Third-generation Kia Sportage arriving in NZ soon

Third-generation Kia Sportage arriving in NZ soon

With a new bodyshell, new engines and fresh styling the upcoming Kia Sportage is an urban-friendly compact CUV that is ready for New Zealand lifestyles and will consume less fuel and emitting less CO2.

Set to go on sale in NZ this October the Sportage is longer, wider and lower than the previous model — by 90 mm, 15 mm and 60 mm respectively — but the all-new design successfully retains the key SUV features — a commanding driving position, heightened sense of security and powerful road presence — that made the second-generation Kia Sportage so popular.

The previous Sportage was introduced in 2004 (2005 in New Zealand) and marked a huge step forward for Kia. Over the next six years, Sportage attracted thousands of new customers to Kia, and achieved global sales of more than 860,000 units.

Now, under the direction of Kia’s Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, the Kia design teams have created a third-generation Sportage, incorporating Kia’s new design DNA and many features from the 2007 Kia Kue concept car, to make the new Sportage immediately identifiable.

“With the all-new Sportage, we have created a five-seat compact SUV with maximised customer appeal. It is urban-friendly and fully in tune with changing consumer expectations and demands,” says Hyoung-Keun Lee, President, Kia Motors Corporation.

“Despite the recent and ongoing global economic difficulties, Kia’s market research indicates that worldwide demand for C-segment SUV/CUVs will grow steadily over the next five years as customers down-size their vehicles and new models focus attention on the segment.

New Sportage has an aerodynamic drag figure of Cd 0.37 — down from 0.40 — and a reduction in weight of 91 kg compared with the previous model, enhancing fuel economy and refinement.

When the full range of new Sportage models goes on sale in New Zealand, it will be available with two petrol engines — 2.0L and 2.4L — with new manual and automatic transmissions and two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Reduced emissions are a feature of both petrol engine options, down 6% on average. During first half 2011 the 2.0R series diesel engine will join the Sportage line up.

See below for engine power ratings and check back soon as we bring you more details on the upcoming third-generation Kia Sportage launch.

Kia Sportage engine options:

1998cc Theta II – 122kW / 6,200rpm – 197Nm @ 4,600 rpm
2359cc Theta II – 130kW / 6,000rpm – 227Nm @ 4,000 rpm
1995cc R Series Diesel – 130kW / 4,000rpm – 392Nm @ 1,800-2,500 rpm

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