Kia Sportage - Auto Expo 2018 Live
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Kia is displaying 16 global models at Auto Expo 2018, and one of them is the Kia Sportage. The current Kia Sportage was first introduced at IAA 2015.
The Kia Sportage is 4,480 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,645 mm (1,655 mm with roof rails) tall. It has a 2,670 mm wheelbase. Now in its fourth generation, the Kia Sportage is underpinned by the same platform as the third-gen Hyundai Tucson, which is available in India. Kia offers it with 132 PS 1.6L GDI, 177 1.6L T-GDI, 155 PS/157 PS 2.0L MPI and 184 PS 2.4L GDI petrol engines and 115 PS 1.7L CRDi and 178 PS/185 PS 2.0L CRDi diesel engines. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. An AWD system is available in select configurations.
The Kia Sportage on display at Auto Expo 2018 is in the GT-Line grade. The Kia Sportage GT-Line looks sportier with features like high-gloss radiator grille, ’ice-cube’ LED fog lamps, aluminium-effect skid plates, window surround moulding, side sill garnish, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-tip exhaust tailpipes and tailgate garnish. The sporty theme continues inside with an all-black colour theme, black high-gloss switch pads and centre fascia, D-cut leather steering wheel with GT-Line logo and sport pedals.
The current Kia Sportage is not an India-bound model. Kia is working on a mid-life facelift for the C-SUV.