Full details of the 2016 Kia Sportage have been released, revealing the fourth-generation SUV’s cabin design, interior and exterior dimensions, engine and transmission specifications, and new technology features ahead of its launch in Australia and Europe early next year.
Now we get to see the interior for the first time, which, as we've seen in previous spy photos, gets a large touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, four rows of buttons and dials beneath it on the centre stack, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, and an instrument cluster with two analogue clusters split by a big digital display.
Final Australian details are still to come, but today's European release highlights four engines for the new Sportage: two petrols and two diesels.
Kicking off the range is a 97kW/161Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which carries over directly from the third-generation Sportage. Above it is the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol from the Kia Pro_cee’d GT that produces a healthier 130kW and 265Nm, the latter between 1500-4500rpm.
Likewise, the diesel line-up features the carryover 85kW/280Nm 1.7-litre four-cylinder while the bigger 2.0-litre unit has been significantly upgraded. The latter is available in two states of tune: the low-power engine with 100kW and 373Nm, and the high-power version with 136kW and 400Nm.
All engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission, but only the 1.6-litre turbo petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel are available with self-shifting gearboxes, suggesting these are the engines we’ll see here in Australia.
The petrol gets a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, while the diesel gets a conventional six-speed auto. These two are also available with both front- and all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Kia Sportage is 4480mm long, 1855mm wide and 1635mm tall, and rides on a 2670mm wheelbase, making it 40mm longer and 5mm taller than the outgoing third-generation model and 30mm longer between the wheels. With the rear seats in place, there’s up to 503 litres of boot space available.
A host of advanced safety features will be available in the new Sportage depending on the market, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, high beam assist, speed limit information, blind spot detection and lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
New 7.0- and 8.0-inch central screens will house new infotainment systems with satellite navigation and internet-linked connected services, while a wireless charging pad will allow passengers to charge their devices without plugging in. USB charging ports will be available in both the front and the rear.
Other available features include a reverse-view camera with dynamic parking lines, a smart power tailgate that opens when the key is sensed within proximity of the tailgate, dynamic bending headlights, and a new smart welcome function that turns on interior and door handle lights and unfolds the door mirrors when the key fob is located near the door handle.
Local pricing and specifications will be revealed in the lead-up to the arrival of the all-new Kia Sportage in the first quarter of next year.