Customers have swamped Kia dealers to lay hands on the 850 Kia Sportage First Edition 2.0 CRDi AWD but some were insistent on a petrol alternative.
So to satisfy that demand, and ahead of the full-range going on sale later in the year, additional factory production has been secured for 300 petrol engined versions of Kia's newest crossover.
The Kia Sportage First Edition 2.0 AWD is powered by Kia's Theta-II 2.0 petrol engine and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission delivering 161bhp @ 5,200rpm and 194Nm torque at 4,600rpm. The vehicle has a top speed of 113mph, accelerates from rest to 60mph in 10.3 seconds and achieves a combined cycle fuel consumption of 35.8 mpg. CO2 emissions are 188g/km. The ABI Insurance grouping is to be confirmed shortly.
This new version of the Kia Sportage comes with the exactly the same high level of specification as its diesel counterpart, which includes: Black leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 18" alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and a colour rear parking camera system integrated into the rear view mirror. Four exterior colours are available on this version: Clyde Blue, Phantom Black metallic, Silver Storm metallic and the striking Techno Orange metallic.
The new Kia Sportage First Edition 2.0 AWD is priced at £19,495 'On-The-Road' and, as with every new Kia, comes with a fully-transferable seven year warranty. Customer ordering is open now and deliveries will begin in October 2010. The full new Kia Sportage line-up, including 2WD and lower capacity engine versions, will be available later in the year.
Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., said: "From the moment we announced the all-new Sportage our dealers were under siege from new and existing customers who wanted to be among the first to get hold of this exciting car. But it was clear that many wanted a petrol option - so we are very happy to have secured 300 units to meet that demand.
"We will not have too long to wait for the full range of new Sportage - from November we will have 2WD and AWD versions featuring four engines including a 1.6GDI and a 1.7 Turbo-Diesel, but such is the excitement about new Sportage that we simply couldn't disappoint those customers who wanted First Edition but with a petrol engine." he added.
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