We have the full details of the bigger 2011 Kia Sportage inside, including photos.
Kia wheeled out the third generation of their Kia Sportage compact SUV earlier today. The all-new SUV is bigger in all dimensions except height and ground clearance when compared to the previous model.
The 2011 Kia Sportage is now on display at the Geneva Motor Show. When it goes on sale later this year, customers in some markets will likely be able to choose from four different engine options. Horsepower ratings on the two petrol and two diesel units range from 115 PS (85 kW / 133 hp) to 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp), with emissions as low as 138 grams per kilometer. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be available in certain markets, as will two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions.
"With the all-new Sportage, we have created a five-seat compact SUV with maximized customer appeal." said Kia Motors president Hyoung-Keun Lee "Despite the recent and ongoing global economic difficulties, Kia’s market research indicates that demand for C-segment SUVs in Europe will grow steadily over the next five years as customers down-size their vehicles and new models focus attention on the segment."
Kia decided to make their SUV bigger in every direction, measuring 90mm longer, 15mm wider, and 60mm taller. This makes the vehicle smaller, wider, and shorter than the current Honda CRV. In a press release, Kia claims their car provides "a commanding driving position, heightened sense of security and powerful road presence."
Market-specific pricing should be released closer to the SUV's launch date. You can read much more about the 2011 Kia Sportage in the press release below.