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Official pics, info: New Kia Sportage

2004-08-05 12:12

Meet the new Sportage

The new Sportage's predecessor has been around for more than a decade and since its launch in 1993 it has been a sales hit for the Korean car manufacturer, selling 568 720 units.

Kia will launch the all-new Sportage at the Paris Motor Show in September and the company claims that it will have the same "smooth ride and handling" of a sedan while offering the "functionality of an MPV".

"Adding to our quickly expanding full product line-up, the all new Sportage will reinforce our SUV offering together with the tremendously popular Sorento, thereby boosting Kia's brand reputation in the SUV category," said Yong-Hwan Kim, senior executive vice-President and COO of Kia Motors.

According to Kia the new Sportage has a longer is bigger in most aspects than rivals such as Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

Furthermore Kia claims that it features class-leading interior space, with more leg room, headroom, and loading space.

The Sportage comes with two petrol engines, a 2-litre and 2.7-litre V6, and a 2-litre diesel unit. Both 2-litre models is available with manual and automatic transmissions, while the V6 is only available with the latter.

Also standard is a electronic full-time 4-wheel drive system.

The Sportage is also equipped with safety features such as ABS and traction control system (TCS), curtain and side airbags, and electronic stability program (ESP).

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