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Kia is currently working on entering India. It will make its debut in 2019 with the production version of the SP Concept. Following it will other models from the company. The Sportage was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and could make its way to India as well. Here are few things you need to know about it.
The model that Kia showcased in India is the fourth-gen model. This SUV looks sporty and it carries the company’s trademark styling. The car has a large grille and features sizable headlights as well. The Sportage looks sporty from most angles, including the rear. The Sportage also received a facelift recently which gave it new bumpers and wheels in 17- to 19-inch sizes. This high-spec model also comes equipped with LED fog lights and sporty detailing.
The engine options available
This new version of the Sportage isn’t just a cosmetic update. The SUV now gets a new 1.6-litre diesel motor option. This motor joins the other petrol and diesel engine option. There is also a variant available with a hybrid powertrain option. The car can also be had with all-wheel –drive internationally. However, if it does make it to India we expect it to be launched with the same engine as the one in the Tucson.
This Kia also comes equipped with a good amount of features – at least in international markets. It includes front fog lights, hill-start assist and descent control, USB and Bluetooth and cruise control. Higher variants also get the option between two touchscreens.
Hyundai Tucson rival
The Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson are built on the same platform. This is because Hyundai owns Kia. When you consider that both models are the same size and powering them are the same engines. Which means, if launched they will end up being rivals.
Sportage under consideration
The Sportage will undoubtedly do well in the Indian market. Kia is currently working on whether it should launch the car as a CKD or fully assemble it at the new plant. This is beneficial because it shares a number of components with the Tucson. This in turn will reduce costs.