Kiahas recently subjected theSportage, the company’scompact crossoverwhich is sold in the US to a number of minor changes and all of these improvements are currently seen on the 2014 version of the vehicle.
Based on the information provided by a press release that was published on thecarmaker’smedia site dated September 13, 2013, the2014KiaSportagecould be considered as the product of the mid-cycle refresh that was implemented on the vehicle that has been around the US automobile market for almost three years now.
In order to provide the vehicle with a fresher look, thecarmaker’sengineers and vehicle developers installed a new grille on the2014KiaSportage, a particular feature that was intended to make the 2014 model look different compared to the model that it would be replacing. In addition to that, the new model particularly the EX trim now has a different set of foglamps that are responsible for allowing the 2014 version become distinguishable from the 2013 model.
In addition to that, the exterior styling ofKia’s compact crossovernow comes with a higher beltline, pronounced wheel flares and sweeping angles. With these features, thecarmakerexpects that its compact crossoverwill be viewed with a hunkered-down stance, aggressive and indomitable presence on the road.
For 2014 according toKia, theSportagewill be offered in LX, EX and SX trim levels. Given this information, it is quite clear that thecarmakerhas dropped the base trim on the current lineup and the manual transmission that was present of the previous lineup was also axed.
Althoughcarmakerhasn’t announced the exact pricing of the existing trims that are included on the compact crossoverlineup, many car experts believe that the prices of the upcoming models will still be cheaper than some of its closest competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Chevrolet Equinox. Thus, theSportagecan be considered as a top pick for buyers with limited budget.
Finally,Kiahas also revealed that the company has revamped the base 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine used on this compact crossover. The company’s personnel added a direct injection feature into the engine and this was responsible for bumping the engine’s maximum power output for 176 horsepower to 182 horsepower.
Stylish CUV Adds Premium Amenities and Convenience Features
- Kia’s longest running nameplate offers an enhanced 2.4L powertrain for greater efficiency
- Award-winning CUV equips drivers with UVO eServices for advanced voice-activated telematics control
IRVINE,Calif., Sept. 13, 2013–The 2014 Sportage advances Kia’s brand to the next level with an array of design enhancements as well as a host of comfort and convenience features. Building upon the already award-winning platform, Sportage now offers – 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX) powertrains – for enhanced efficiency.
Refined and Sophisticated Exterior
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2014 Kia Sportage features a high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares, conveying an indomitable road presence with an aggressive, hunkered-down stance. The full-sectioned body, defined by a spearing shoulder line throughout the length of the car, helps to visually connect the available HID headlamps and LED tail lights. The crispness of this line, together with its lowered body, creates a distinct sense of precision while the pronounced C-pillar conveys an air of solidity and balance when viewed from the side. Sportage continues the evolution of Kia’s design language with a new grille design and as well as new fog lamps on the EX trim.
Added Comfort and Convenience
The 2014 Sportage enhances ride quality and dynamic handling through standard high performance dampers across all trim levels (previously only on EX and SX). For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic steering column is now standard across all trims.
For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats. Moving to the EX trim adds standard heated front seats, InfinityPremium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelinkand heated outside mirrors. Meanwhile, an available Premium package adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM TrafficTM, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the Sportage takes in-car connectivity to the next level with UVO eServices. The system represents an evolutionary leap from the original UVO system’s capabilities, adding a new telematics suite (“eServices”) enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone appthat provides drivers with an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilitiesand added convenience features. UVO is short for “Your Voice” and through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2014 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning Systemand auto headlamp system.
Kia: One of the World’s Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand’s “Top 100 Best Global Brands,” and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company’s first U.S . assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry’s largest segments has fueled Kia’s rapid growth and is complemented by Kia’s comprehensive lineup which includes the Cadenza flagship sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA.In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.
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