"Adding to our quickly expanding product line-up, the all-new Sportage will reinforce Kia’s presence in the SUV market where the award-winning Sorento is already so popular," comments Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Kia Motors. "The new Sportage is the latest embodiment of all the best attributes our brand represents."
The rear seat cushion and backrest has a unique ‘Fold & Dive’ system to create a spacious, square-sided, completely flat cargo area. The passenger seat backrest can fold flat to accommodate extra-long loads and at the rear, the top-hinged tailgate features a flip-up window (like the Sorento) for added loading versatility. The spare wheel is carried internally, beneath the cargo area floor, so the gas-strut supported tailgate is easy to operate.
Sportage customer deliveries in Europe are scheduled to start during October and more than 20,000 models will be available for the European market during 2005 including right hand drive UK specification models.
"The new Kia Sportage is a ‘next generation’ vehicle - sporty and elegant, adaptable and spacious," commented Jean-Charles Lievens, Vice President of Kia Motors Europe. "It will offer Kia consumers three modern vehicles in one - with Passenger car refinement, ride and handling, SUV exterior, ease of access and four-wheel grip, plus Estate-like versatility, people space and cargo space."Published 7 August 2004