Kia has staged the North American debut of the 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Kia has staged the North American debut of the 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the European variant that was introduced at Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, the US-spec model has an evolutionary design with a “tiger-nose” grille, a sloping roof and a thick rear pillar.  The entry-level model isn't terribly exciting but the range-topping SX Turbo boasts HID headlights, LED fog lamps, faux-metal skid plates, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior is a tad plain but it comes equipped with soft-touch materials, metallic accents, and a five-inch color touchscreen.  The mid-level Sportage EX adds leather upholstery and a UVO3 infotainment system with a seven-inch display with Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay compatibility.

If that's not luxurious enough, the SX Turbo has a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, piano black trim, and aluminum pedals.  The model also boasts an infotainment system with an 8-inch display and standard GPS navigation.

The Sportage LX and EX are powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 bhp (134 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque.  However, upgrading to the SX Turbo rewards buyers with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 241 bhp (179 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

Both engines are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

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