2016 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy, New

Kia have been releasing a series of compact crossover vehicles since 1993 under the label Kia Sportage up until 2011. Now the line gets a new addition with the release of the 2016 Kia Sportage. This will be an improved version made by the South Korean manufacturer with improved visuals and technical stuff.

2016 Kia Sportage front

2016 Kia Sportage Engine

For the engine 2016 Kia Sportage is going to offer its buyers several options, the first will be a 1.6-liter CRDi turbodiesel making 136 horsepower for people aiming for ultimate fuel economy. Normal gasoline engines are to include a 1.2-liter T-GDi four-cylinder that puts out 132 horsepower, a 1.6-liter T-GDi making 204 horses and a 2.0-liter T-GDi with 245 horsepower that will be the best offering from Kia. The gas engines will make use of Kia’s GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology to improve fuel efficiency and a turbo charging system to make it both very powerful as well as economic. Rumor has it that it will have a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that will be tuned to favor efficiency over performance. Although these are not official reports what we do know for sure is the internal and external components.

2016 Kia Sportage rear

2016 Kia Sportage Interior and Exterior

The 2016 Kia Sportage version has a three-spoke steering wheel with leather cladding and some redundant buttons and the centre mounted speedometer has been replaced by separate tachometer and speedometer on either side of the wheel. However, it generally remains the same. We expect the same push-button starting like the current model. It is still a large car, with a 2.59m long wheelbase for plenty of cabin space and 400 liters of boot space which is a lot. Recent glimpses of the vehicle in testing show a remarkable similarity with the 2014 KX3 concept with the same ‘tiger nose’ grille and a new design for the car’s headlights, which are more wraparound and the fog lights are more prominent. At the back, the tail lights are redesigned and the bumper has also been re-profiled.

2016 Kia Sportage interior

2016 Kia Sportage Release Data and Price

This new model has already been seen being tested and we expect a 2015 launch although there has been no official report. We expect that it will uphold its 2016 Kia Sportage fuel economic design like in the current model and anticipate prices to start at $21,600 for the base model and increase until $28,000 for the top-range model. Kia have been famed for producing safe vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for high safety standards after tests. We can’t determine whether this new addition will get an award but can assume that Kia’s reputation will hold even for this model. It is expected to compete with the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rouge. Although it is impossible to make comparisons without official reports, we expect tough competition between them.

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