The New Kia Sportage SUV | Part Two (2004)

Sporty & Elegant with Monotone finish and Premium interior

Customers will be able to enhance the sporty elegance of their Sportage by choosing the ‘Monotone’ exterior finish - with all external components painted in body colour. They will also be able to opt for Kia’s best-ever ‘Premium Package’ interior. Specially developed for New Sportage, this interior features top quality, orange-brown leather upholstery and trim, with brushed aluminium and chrome metal detailing, to contrast strikingly with the black trim panels and deep-pile carpets.

Spacious and Versatile interior, with ‘FlatFold’ seats

As is Kia tradition, the Sportage is longer (4350 mm), wider (1800 mm) and higher (1695 mm) than the average small SUV. The generous dimensions and long wheelbase (2630 mm) boost both passenger and luggage space for ‘best-in-class’ headroom, legroom and cargo space.

The unique rear seat design has a new ‘FlatFold’ system which lowers the cushion into the rear foot well and ensures the backrest folds down to create a spacious, square-sided, flat-floor cargo area. This operation can be carried out without removing the rear head restraints. With the rear seat folded, the length of the load area extends to 1635 mm and longer items can be accommodated by folding the front passenger seat backrest.

Three engine choices for maximum appeal

Kia’s new entry into the small SUV segment offers customers a broad range of engine technology to suit the most varied of lifestyles. The most popular Sportage engine choice is expected to be the modern, 2-litre CRDi turbocharged diesel, which generates 112 ps at 4,000 rpm and torque of 245.2 Nm between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm. For customers who prefer petrol, the 2-litre, 142 ps engine comes with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and the compact 2.7-litre, 175 ps V6 powers the fastest model to 100 km/h in just over 10 seconds.

Kia Sportage | Part Three
Published 1 October 2004 Melanie Carter

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