2011 Kia Sportage

The Korean automaker Kia has officially released details about the next generation Sportage SUV, the 2011 Kia Sportage.
Sharing the same platform with its compatriot, the Hyundai Tucson , the 2011 Sportage looks to have the leg-up on the Tucson in terms of being a little bigger and wider, which should translate into having a roomier interior.

The design for the 2011 Sportage also seems to have benefitted from the supervision of Peter Schreyer, whose previous design work with Audi has seemingly translated into some of the aesthetic design cues that can be noticed in the new Sportage, including sharper curves, and a completely revamped front end that previous Sportage models didn’t come in.

Featuring a fresh, bold, athletic and sporty design; longer, lower and wider than the previous generation model, the new Sportage will offer more space for people and cargo, with improved ride quality thanks to the longer wheelbase; the new Sportage will go on sale later this year, with a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines following its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Updated 07/21/2010: Kia today announced prices for the 2011 Sportage that will go on sale in USA at a price of $18,295 for the base trim that includes: air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capability with three months complimentary service, Bluetooth wireless technology and MP3 connectivity.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The all-new Kia Sportage will mark a dramatic shift in design direction for the brand’s popular compact SUV when it makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 2 March, 2010.

Kia Sportage

Embodying Kia’s new-found visual dynamism the new Sportage is a fresh, bold, athletic and sporty design that successfully blends the key features of an SUV – the commanding driving position, heightened sense of security and raised ground clearance – and envelopes them in a sleek and urban-friendly design with global appeal.

Longer, lower and wider than the previous generation model, the new Sportage will offer more space for people and cargo, with an improved ride quality thanks to a longer wheelbase.

The all-new Sportage will be available at Kia dealerships across Europe later this year, with a range of highly competitive diesel and gasoline engines.

Kia Sportage

The world premiere of the new Sportage will take place during 2 March, 2010 on the Kia Stand (No 6441) in Hall 6 at the Geneva International Motor Show.


13 comments:

It looks so cool on its body paint! Well, I must say that even though it only has a simple detailing and style it still looks very appealing and attractive. I’m just a little curious on its engine.

yeah, I think the KIA should make a production that would give a ’BANG” and will put them into the lime light..hehe

Even if I read a lot of great write up for the KIA still IMO.. the competition is though enough and I don’t think that KIA Sportage would be a hard competitor.

The new Kia Sportage is a compact crossover machine that has seating capacity for five passenger, the new machine is available in three trim level options of the base trim, the LX trim and the EX trim. The turbocharged SX model would be available after some time of the actual launch of the vehicle. The standard features of the machine are full power accessories, air conditioning features, six speaker CD/MP3 player, cloth upholstery, 16 inch cast aluminum wheels, Bluetooth options, USB and auxiliary input jack options. Recently the 2011 Kia Sportage was recognized as a "2010 Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS in the small SUV category. The Sportage received top ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection.

I don’t care about this car at all, but I appreciate how you called out how stupid SUV posers are. Props! Keep it up and maybe eventually they’ll all realize how dumb they are. Performance wagons rule!

I bet Kia is glad they snagged that former Audi designer!

I don’t care about this car at all, but I appreciate how you called out how stupid SUV posers are. Props! Keep it up and maybe eventually they’ll all realize how dumb they are. Performance wagons rule!

This is why you hire legendary Peter Schreyer as your Chief designer. Kia’s getting back full 10 million dollar salary that the company give him every year, maybe even more.

Nothing looks interesting on this one. The name doesn’t even match to its exterior appearance. Lets Just replace the name. Lets name it 1999 Kia Sportage in replace for 2011 Kia Sportage. LMAO

Am I the only one who sees hints of the new Golf/GTI in there? In any case, looks sharp. Kia and Hyundai have recently both been giving me very compelling reasons to hand them my hard-earned cash.

A lot sleeker than the current. No groudbreaking designs as usual, but another good clean design by Hyundai/Kia.

I always liked the design of the ORIGINAL Sportage. Its replacement was hideous but this 2011 Sportage looks pretty good...

The Hyundai Tucson is a really impressive car. If this Kia can give better performance from Tucson, then it will surely sell well. I do like that it is a bigger car. I hope that it can give better leg room and luggage room as well.

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