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2018 Kia Sportage: Release Date, Review, Changes

Korean manufacturer is preparing the official arrival of its quality, handsome and redesigned SUV. We are talking about the 2018 Kia Sportage. Despite the fact that it was completely redone the last year, Automaker decided to give it some extra cosmetic changes. Therefore, we can conclude that it will probably show some minor changes inside and outside.

As for the powertrain, it is said that it will remain unchanged. However, perhaps company will make some upgrades as well, but nothing is yet confirmed. All in all, the SUV segment will be expanded for one more good-looking and quality vehicle.

The key competitors of the new Sportage will be Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

2018 Kia Sportage types of engines and performances

Depending on a trim level, 2018 Kia Sportage will offer two types of engines. So the base LX and EX trims will be available with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. This unit will be capable of making 181 horses and 175 pound-feet of torque.

The next type of engine will power the SX model. It is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged powertrain. This one will be able to deliver 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

All the engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. However, some sources say that it could also receive a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The front-wheel drive system will be standard. All-wheel drive configuration should be available too.

2018 Kia Sportage front

Design of exterior and interior

As for the exterior, 2018 Kia Sportage features handsome, very elegant and sleek design. The body will receive sportier lines and we will notice minor but significant changes on the front and rear fascias.

The front end will most likely get revised LED headlamps which be sharper now and will look more elegant. The grille will be changed too and get slightly different appearance. On the rear, there will be the new tail lamps. Moreover, both front and rear bumper will be modified.

Inside, the manufacturer will continue with modern and classy design. We cannot reveal much about the look of the cabin because of the lack of information. However, some sources say that it will get some nice details on the dashboard with many features on it. Furthermore, it will get an 8-inch touchscreen display with infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available too. The front and the second row of seats will be comfortable for even taller passengers. The cabin will be quiet even at highway speeds.

2018 Kia Sportage rear

As for the technology, 2018 Kia Sportage will come standard with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, a rearview camera, navigation, new audio system and so on. The safety systems will be upgraded as well. So it will be provided with parking sensors, lane departure warning, emergency braking, blind spot monitors, rear cross traffic alert and so on.

Release date and expected price

The 2018 Kia Sportage is scheduled to hit the market later this year. It will probably be in the end of 2017. When it comes to the pricing, the base model should be around $23,000. For the higher trim levels the price will increase and will go up to $35,000.

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