Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Kia | posted September 02, 2015 17:05
2016 Kia Sportage gets restyled interior and new tech
Following the release of the official exterior images, Kia has now revealed the interior and technical specifications of the 2016 Sportage ahead of its Frankfurt debut on September 15.
The Korean automaker said that the 2016 Sportage will have a new 'GT Line' specification, designed to deliver a “sportier driving experience.”
As compared to its predecessor, the 2016 Sportage measures 40mm longer (4480mm) while the wheelbase has increased by 30mm (2670mm). The fourth-generation Sportage features the same height (1635mm) and width (1855mm) as compared to the outgoing model.
The interior of the 2016 Sportage comes with a restyled dashboard as seen in the center console. It also has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, revamped aircon vents and a new instrument cluster. Kia says the Sportage can now be specified with three-way front heat seating, 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver's seat and eight-way power control for the passenger.
The 2016 Sportage's electronic parking brake has been upgraded and it can automatically engage once the engine is switched off. The vehicle also has a navigation system, equipped with Kia's 'Connected Service' that features live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search and weather forecasts. The Sportage also comes with wireless phone charging.
In addition, Kia says the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been improved. The 2016 Sportage also comes with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, among others.
The 2016 Sportage is powered by a number of engines including a 1.6-liter GDI gasoline engine that delivers 132 PS and 161 Nm of torque; a 1.6-liter T-GDI (available exclusively on the Sportage GT Line) that generates 177 PS and 265 Nm and a 1.7-liter CRDi that produces 115 PS. Furthermore, the 2016 Sportage can be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, available with two power outputs: 136 PS and 373 Nm; 184 PS with 400 Nm.