The 2018 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV and it will come with re-tuned engines, brasher styling, and a slightly bigger interior.
You could also say that the materials will be upgraded to a certain level. The Sportage debuted in the market in the year 1994. Kia would be proud of the Sportage because it is the longest-running nameplate in North America. Users have always felt that the Sportage and the Tuscon are distinctly similar. However, minor changes are present both on the exterior and interior of the car. There are no surprises in there because Hyundai, Kia’s parent company comes with some DNA along with the Tucson. But they both are uniquely different coming with different features and engines.
What colors will the next-gen Kia Sportage 2018 will feature?
The exterior review of the new Kia Sportage 2018 look slightly similar to their previous makes. The engineers based in Germany have designed it where most of the car makers get their designs from. Apparently there is some European influence which is evident in the headlights. The front grill comes with the tiger nose. There will be three trim levels to chose from: LX, EX and SX Turbo.
The fog lights come with ice-cube-tray design and have four individual LED bulbs. The rest of the car is more of less the same like its previous models you cannot get to see any significant changes in them. It comes in seven color options: Black Cherry, Burnished Copper, Hyper Red, Mineral Silver, Pacific Blue, Snow White Pearl and Sparkling Silver.
Interior features will be same as before
The 2018 Kia Sportage interior are smartly designed coming with a large controls and instrumentation easy-to-use panel. The infotainment system which can be found on the Sportage is standard on EX and SX. However it is optional on the LX. The buttons are easy to use and is able to gel well on the Android Auto and CarPlay. Standard infotainment display is a 5.0-inch color touchscreen with integrated SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands – free phone connectivity and rear – camera parking display. Higher models come with a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO3 infotainment system.
When it comes to safety there are a plenty features for driver assistance, such as Lane Departure System, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Rear & Front Parking Assist system.
New Kia Sportage 2018 specs – two engines for three models
Under the hood of the new Kia Sportage 2018 compact SUV will be same engine lineup as before, it will not be updated. It comes with one naturally aspirated four-cylinder and one turbocharged engines. The LX and EX models come with a 175 pound-feet of torque 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine with 181 horsepower. You could say that the SX Turbo is one of the most powerful crossovers with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. All models comes equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission.
However you will want to know the suspension could have been done better because the Sportage finds it difficult over bumps unlike the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Rogue.
2018 Kia Sportage release date and price
The 2018 Kia Sportage is priced around $27,000 on the EX, $24,500 on the LX, and $34,000 on the SX Turbo. It is expected to be released in the market during the third-quarter of 2017. You will want to know that the SX Turbo is the most powerful and slightly expensive. Some of the competitors include the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4.