KIA Sportage received a new diesel and hybrid superstructure

KIA declassified the updated crossover Sportage 4 for the European market. The model received minor adjustments to the exterior, but the main changes occurred under the hood. While the Koreans showed only a restyling version of the SUV in GT Line performance, which differs from a similar pre-reform machine with other bumpers and “half-cut” anti-fog sections. The all-terrain vehicle also boasts a new radiator grille and a modified optics design. Plus, the model has received several new body colors and a modified design of the wheels, which can be ordered in sizes from 16 to 19 inches. Salon Sporteiga received several additional design schemes, plus it was equipped with a new steering wheel, previously appeared on the updated Optima and an 8.0-inch frameless multimedia system screen. As for the technical stuffing, the Koreans abandoned the previous 1.7-liter CRDi U2 turbodiesel in favor of the new 1.6-liter unit of the U3 family with a urea exhaust gas neutralization system. Such a motor complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP eco-norms and, depending on the degree of boost, develops 115 or 136 hp. A more powerful option can be ordered with a seven-step robot and all-wheel drive. And the all-terrain vehicle got a version of EcoDynamics +. The latter is a so-called “soft hybrid”, providing for the presence of a compact starter-generator with a belt drive from the crankshaft engine. When overclocking, the electric motor generates a modest 14 hp, and when braking it works as a generator, storing energy in a miniature lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 0.46 kWh located under the trunk floor. The system operates under the voltage of 48 volts. At the Kia Sportage, the hybrid superstructure is combined with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, the payback of which has not yet been announced. Sales of SUVs on the European market will start in the late summer of 2018, and then it will reach, but the exact time of the appearance of cars at dealers and prices are not yet called.

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