- Kia Sportage deliveries in Europe to begin later this year
- Gets a new mild hybrid diesel engine
- GT line offered with 19-inch alloy wheels, trapezoidal air vents on the bumper and more
Kia Motors has revealed the Sportage facelift ahead of its deliveries which are set to begin later this year. The internationally popular crossover gets fresh set of cosmetic and feature upgrades. This time around, the vehicle gets a new mild hybrid diesel engine which is reportedly compliant with future emission standards.
The new Kia Sportage gets revised front and rear bumpers along with revised headlamp and taillight designs. The crossover gets new alloy wheels, metallic skid plates and chrome sill trims. The GT line of the Kia Sportage facelift gets 19-inch alloy wheels, trapezoidal air vents on the bumper, and revised 'ice cube' LED fog lamps.
As for the interior, the Kia Sportage gets black and grey dual-tone upholstery and revised instrument cluster. The GT line offers the optional black leather with red interior accent. Customers can opt for either seven-inch touchscreen or an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The vehicle also gets advanced driving assistance systems that include Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Driver Attention Warning and Around View Monitor for easy parking.
The 2019 Kia Sportage gets a new 2.0-litre EcoDynamic+ 48V mild-hybrid turbo diesel engine. With this Kia becomes the first manufacturer to offer plug-in-hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across the model lineup. This time around, the company has also introduced the new 1.6-litre diesel engine that comes as a replacement to the existing 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine. Claimed to be the cleanest diesel engine it will be offered in two states of tune – 113bhp and 134bhp. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission powers all four wheels.