The fourth-generation Kia Sportage features a bold new look, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.
For the first time, a new ‘GT Line’ specification is available to Kia Sportage customers. Designed and engineered to appeal to those looking for a sportier driving experience from their Sportage, the GT Line specification delivers all the versatility of the standard Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic appeal to those customers that desire it.
GT Line models develop the exterior look further, featuring new ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lamps, inspired by those found on the high-powered cee’d GT, and aluminium-effect skid plates.
The Kia Sportage GT Line also features dual exhaust mufflers and metal-effect rear underbody diffuser for a sportier appearance.
The GT Line specification comes with a unique 19-inch wheel option as standard.
Buyers specifying the new GT Line can enjoy a cabin with a slightly sportier feel, with a D-shaped leather steering wheel, high quality piano black fascia and aluminium alloy pedals.
GT Line models receive their own unique suspension characteristics. Tested on European roads with European buyers in mind, the suspension of the GT Line models has been tuned to endow the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride, crucially without compromising comfort.
The fourth-generation Sportage is fitted with a new rack-mounted electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), available as standard on GT Line and optional for all Sportage models across Europe.
The ‘Gamma’ 1.6-litre T-GDI engine is based on the same unit powering the Kia cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT, offering greater and more emotive engine performance for keener drivers. Available exclusively on the Sportage GT Line, the 1.6-litre T-GDI engine boasts a range of upgrades to ensure it meets owners’ demands for quicker accelerative response, greater fuel efficiency and easier access to engine torque. Producing 175 hp – and peak 265 Nm torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm – the T-GDI engine features a new single-scroll turbocharger with electronic wastegate actuator for quicker engine response and better economy under acceleration.
Both high- and lower-powered versions of the 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel (180 hp with 400 Nm) are available both on the standard Sportage and with the GT Line specification.
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