Whereas it appears somewhat early for Kia’s Sportage to realize a visible refresh, the producer apparently didn’t really feel its new engine choice ought to arrive unaccompanied. The automaker is launching a forty eight-volt diesel delicate hybrid system in Europe for 2019, and chucked in a handful of aesthetic enhancements for good measure.
The jury’s nonetheless out on the motor’s availability in North America. Whereas the diesel decline in Europe is palpable, they nonetheless promote much more passenger automobiles outfitted with them than we do. Nevertheless, because it does fall into that bizarre hybrid class, there’s an opportunity it might crop up in extraordinarily restricted numbers. We’d financial institution on seeing a light hybrid system from Kia make its approach to the U.S. and Canada quickly, solely coupled to a gasoline motor. However anticipate to see some upgraded bodywork and interior touches for the approaching mannequin yr.
Visual updates for the 2019 mannequin take a minimalist strategy however work properly as an entire. Entrance and rear bumpers illicit a extra premium look, making the brand new model seem like a better-trimmed sporting variant of the previous one. The rear lights have undergone a delicate redesign and the reverse lights at the moment are stacked atop the low-mounted indicators.
Kia additionally added some tasteful modifications to the fog lamps and new wheel designs in each size. Elective extras embrace a chrome trim items on greater trims, some new paint colours, and metallic skid plates.
Inside revisions embrace a brand new steering wheel, revised instrument cluster, and new two-tone upholstery. Kia’s additionally providing its Sensible Cruise Management setup with Cease & Go, Driver Consideration Warnings, and a multi-digital camera encompass system to assist with parking.
For European clients, Kia intends to supply a 2.zero-liter ‘R’ diesel engine paired with the aforementioned forty eight-volt hybrid system. The electrical elements will ultimately be affixed to gasoline fashions and, when they’re, you possibly can anticipate to see it in North America. Euro-spec Sportages additionally achieve a downsized 1.6-liter diesel, which replaces the 1.7-liter and makes use of widespread-rail direct injection.
The crossover’s home motors have but to be introduced, however we’ve got little purpose to consider Kia gained’t carry over the engines from final yr. These quantity to a 2.four-liter 4-cylinder with 181 hp and one hundred seventy five lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Kia says it is going to specify pricing and alterations for the North American Sportage later this yr.
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