The Sportage is one of the cheapest crossovers SUV vehicles on the market but it isn’t the worst of them all. In fact, the Sportage is a much better than many other cars out there but it lacks the new feel that most of its competitors have. This is why the people from Kia decided that it is about time for the 2016 Kia Sportage to be refreshed. Unlike the most other manufacturers, Kia is going to make the new Sportage a completely new car rather than just a small facelift. This is because their sales are lower after the release of the new generation of crossovers. The new Kia Sportage 2016 release date should be set for first months of 2016.
2016 Kia Sportage redesign
On the inside, the 2016 Kia Sportage will offer one of the most interesting interiors on the market. The materials will change for the better and the layout of the car will move towards a more passengers friendly one. The space on the rear seats will increase while there will be more equipment for them to enjoy. An 8-speaker audio system and a rear view camera are going to be standard features.
The exterior will also change but not as most of us expected it to. The Kia Sportage 2016 will actually grow in size with a more mature look given to it. The front fascia and rear side of the car are going to borrow heavily from the KX3 concept meaning that it should have a more rounded look than before which is perfectly fine considering the target audience of the car.
2016 Kia Sportage changes
Base poweplant in the 2016 Kia Sportage is going to be a much more efficient unit. While the current model has a 2.4-liter inline 4 the next Sportage will feature a downsized 3-cylinder unit with as much as 170 horsepower, meaning it will offer slightly less horsepower but more torque. This will result in a fuel consumption of around 25% better than the bigger inline 4 engine.
The 2.0-liter engine is going to be carried over on the new Kia Sportage 2016 but most of the internals are going to be different. Thanks to this change, this crossover SUV will offer a 25 MPG on average fuel consumption while offering 270 horsepower, making it the most powerful car in its class. Just like before, a 6-speed automatic is going to be a standard feature.
Kia Sportage 2016 release date and price
From the early press releases it seems that the new Kia Sportage 2016 will ride on a slightly bigger platform and it will also feature new engines. While these are likely to offer just as much power as the current generation, they are definitely going to offer a much better fuel consumption than before. The 2016 Kia Sportage release date will probably be in January 2016 while the price for the base model will be around $21,000, meaning that this Kia crossover SUV for 2016 year will be almost $2,000 cheaper.