Kia's newest Sportage boasts distinctive design, more power (& more fuel efficient)

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  1. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    [​IMG] 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

    [FIMG=LEFT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2011-Kia-Sportage-01111.jpg[/FIMG]G. William Chambers, Iii - STAR-TELEGRAM - April 16, 2010

    Kia Motors unveiled the redesigned 2011 Sportage compact crossover at the recent New York auto show, the third generation of the utility vehicle that helped launch the South Korean brand in the United States 15 years ago.

    The new Sportage is based on the architecture of the redesigned 2010 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover, thanks to Hyundai's controlling interest in Kia. The two automakers share several vehicle platforms, engines and other technology.

    Kia was able to put its own unique stamp on the exterior of the 2011 Sportage, which comes with the new face of Kia - a front end created by former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, a native of Germany.

    The car's design is a product of Kia's California studio, and has what the automaker calls the "Schreyer line, with dramatic swept-back headlamps, signature tabbed grille and a distinctive lower fascia treatment."

    It's lower, longer and sleeker than the Sportage model it replaces, which was introduced for 2005 after a two-year hiatus for the nameplate. Kia originally debuted the Sportage for 2005 as a true sport utility vehicle in the U.S. market, based on a Mazda design and using a Mazda engine and either a Mazda manual or Ford automatic transmission.

    That model was discontinued after the 2003 model year, when Kia introduced the Sorento as its replacement. But the name was revived for 2005 on a near-clone of the then-new Hyundai Tucson. This time, the vehicle had no Mazda roots, and was a unibody crossover... [RM]http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/04/16/2120595/kias-newest-sportage-boasts-distinctive.html[/RM]
     
  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Re: Kia's newest Sportage boasts distinctive design, more power (& more fuel efficien

    Well I still think the thing is overpowered. But by today's sad, overpowered standards 22/31 is still pretty good for a small SUV.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: Kia's newest Sportage boasts distinctive design, more power (& more fuel efficien

    Hi Reid:

    ___I do not know if I will ever get the Sportage. It is smaller than a midsized sedan other than headroom and still pulls just 25 mpgUS or so. The Hyundai Sonata makes so much more sense for less money imho...

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     

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