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Kia Sportage World Reveal at Frankfurt Motor Show

Prior to the debut, Gregory Guillaume, chief Designer of Kia’s Design Centre Europe, told me in an interview the fourth-generation Kia Sportage will build on the success of the current model but with improvements in every area with particular attention to build quality and materials.

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FRANKFURT: Kia revealed the 2016 Sportage compact CUV on the eve of the start of today’s (September 15, 2015) Frankfurt Motor Show.

Prior to the debut, Gregory Guillaume, chief Designer of Kia’s Design Centre Europe, told me in an interview the fourth-generation Kia Sportage will build on the success of the current model but with improvements in every area with particular attention to build quality and materials.

Guillaume said the interior design of the outgoing Sportage was the oldest in Kia’s fleet calling for an increase in the proportion of cloth and leather stitching plus reduced cabin noise.

But its biggest change is in the instrument panel which was formerly focused around the centre stack with the use of a lot of vertical lines.

The 2016 Sportage will have two clear horizontal zones – “display” and “control”. Display includes the instrument cluster and optional new 7.0- or 8.0-inch Multimedia Display systems in the centre of the dashboard. The lower control zone includes the centre stack which is angled at 18 degress toward the driver.

Styling remains centred on the Kia’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille but with the headlights now set higher and swept back along the outer edges of the hood.

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Aerodynamic tuning sees drag reduced from 0.35 on the current model to 0.33.

Depending on model and trim level, there will be a choice of 17- 18- or 19-inch wheels.

Interior passenger and cargo volumes are increased due primarily to larger dimensions such as a 30 mm growth in its wheelbase, to 2,670 mm. The whole vehicle is 40 mm longer, at 4,480 mm, with the front overhang expanding to 910 mm (+20 mm) and the rear overhang shrinking slightly to 900 mm (-10 mm). The latest model remains the same height (1,635 mm) and width (1,855 mm) as the outgoing Sportage.

The rear seats now recline from 23-37 degrees.

Cargo volume grows by 128 litres with a dual level cargo floor.

Several engines will be available but Canada is expected to continue with a 2.4-litre naturally aspiration inline four-cylinder or a twin scroll turbo 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder. Both engines will have direct fuel injection.

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