India-Bound 2019 Kia Sportage_

2019 Kia Sportage adorns updated exterior and improved features list along with two brand new powertrain options

Kia has officially revealed information and pictures of the brand new Sportage ahead of its launch in international markets in the coming months. The major highlight being the inclusion of a new 2.0-litre diesel engine with mild hybrid technology, accompanying a 1.6-litre diesel motor claimed to be the “cleanest” the company has ever produced.

The South Korean manufacturer has also updated the exterior of the Sportage to keep the ball rolling in its existing generation, as it is one of the top-selling vehicles worldwide. It has received new wheel designs ranging between 16 and 19 inches, restyled ice cube LED fog lamps, revised bumpers up front and rear, five new paint schemes as well as reworked headlamps and tail lamps.

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The top-of-the-range GT Line variant gains glossy black and sliver skid plates, dual exhaust system and gloss black hot stamped radiator grille. Kia has managed to introduce changes on the inside as well as the cabin in the new Sportage adorns revised steering wheel, dual-tone seat upholstery and updated instrument cluster among other new bits.

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India-Bound 2019 Kia Sportage InteriorThe updated safety equipment contains drive assistance systems like Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Around View Monitor, etc. The Euro-spec 2019 Kia Sportage gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard fitment while a frameless 8.0-inch unit can be optioned out by customers.

Kia kept the technical glitz about the new diesel mild hybrid system under wraps. The EcoDynamics+ technology is boosted by a 48 V battery and a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator and their combined function would lead to a claimed reduction of CO2 emission by as much as 4 percent on the WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure) cycle

The smaller new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi replaces the 1.7-litre powertrain and will be offered in two states of tune: a 115 PS or 136 PS. The higher power output specification exclusively adopts a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The compact crossover fits the bill perfectly for India but will Kia launch the model in its initial phase? We would still have to wait a while to find out!

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