Kia has revealed the interior and specifications of the 2016 Sportage that is set to have its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month. The fourth generation Sportage will feature revised interiors with better material quality and the introduction of a new ‘GT Line’ specification.
The interior of the all-new Sportage has been designed from the ground up with a driver-focused and simplistic yet modern layout. It includes incorporation of soft-touch materials and use of cloth, leather and contrast stitching to make the cabin feel luxurious.
The dashboard has been divided into two zones – ‘display’ and ‘control’. The display zone provides information to the driver and the passengers with the optional 7-inch or 8-inch HMI (Human Machine Interface) system, placed in the centre of the dashboard. The control zone is tilted towards the driver by 10 degrees and houses un-cluttered button layout that is easily accessible while on the go.
The HMI screen also doubles as the display for the infotainment system which includes navigation and DAB radio. Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom with live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts have also been included. The audio system features 160 watt six-speaker layout while, audiophiles can opt for a 320 watt eight-speaker JBL setup with an external amplifier and Clari-Fi music restoration technology.
The interior will be available in a single (black) and two-tone colour (dark & light grey and black & canyon beige) schemes. The centre console will feature black trim regardless of the interior scheme chosen. The sporty GT Line trim level will feature addition of a D-shaped leather steering wheel with piano black trim inserts and aluminium pedals.
The all-new Sportage is 40 mm in longer and has 30 mm longer wheelbase. The exterior is more aerodynamic with a co-efficient of drag of 0.33 Cd that is lower than the previous generation’s 0.35 Cd. Alloy wheel options range from 16-inches to 18-inches, while the GT Line trim level will be offered with exclusive 19-inch wheels. The cargo space has been increased from 465 litres to 503 litres, while the fuel tank capacity has been increased from 58 litres to 62 litres.
Noteworthy safety and assistance features on the 2016 Sportage include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
The all-new Sportage will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The line-up will include for the first time a new 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 177 PS (174 hp) of power and 265 Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre GDI engine carried over from the previous version produces 132 PS (130 hp) and 161 Nm of torque.
The diesel model which is more popular in Europe, will feature a 1.5-litre CRDI engine carried over from the previous version producing 115 PS (113 hp) and an uprated 2.0-litre ‘R’ engine in two states of tune – 136 PS (134 hp) and 373 Nm and 184 PS (181 hp) and 400 Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and vary based on the engine and trim level chosen.
The press release is embedded below the image gallery for further information.