From Kia press:
The all-new 2011 version of Kia's venerable Sportage CUV takes its design "Kue" from the concept vehicle of the same name that was shown during the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Thoroughly and beautifully redesigned, Sportage offers more urban and fluid silhouettes than its predecessor while retaining the desirable benefits and functional features of the popular CUV. Sportage also offers increased levels of performance and efficiency, comfort and convenience and the latest in-vehicle technologies incorporated into all of Kia's latest new vehicles.
The 2011 Sportage retains the functionality and versatility of the previous generation model but repackages the CUV into a sleek, modern and bold style with new proportions and a completely new look. Recognized as a "2010 Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2011 Sportage received top ratings for front, side, rollover and rear impact protection.
The 2011 Sportage offers image-conscious yet practical consumers more power (176 hp) and improved fuel economy along with the options of a panoramic sunroof, navigation, push-button start, rear camera display, LED daytime running lights and an air-cooled driver's seat (a compact CUV segment first). However, what first draws attention to the new CUV is the visceral connection drivers make with the striking design of the all-new Kia Sportage. Also expected to be available in late 2010 is the UVO powered by Microsoft® in-vehicle communication and entertainment system based on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform.
Available in three trims – Base, LX and EX – pricing for the dynamic compact CUV begins at $18,295 for the base trim, offering standard convenience features, including air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth® wireless technology. Expected to be available later in the year will be the SX trim, featuring Kia's all-new efficient and powerful 2.0L turbo GDI engine.
With a high beltline, sweeping angles and more pronounced wheel flares than its predecessor, the team at Kia's U.S.-based design center in Irvine, Calif. aimed to convey an even more demanding road presence within Sportage's compact size by emphasizing its hunkered-down position. The all-new 2011 Sportage projects a modern and clean CUV and greatly expands beyond the current generation's basic and reliable appeal. The full-sectioned body, defined by a spearing shoulder line throughout the length of the car, helps to visually connect the headlamps and tail lights. The crispness of this line, together with the lowered body, offers a distinct sense of precision while the pronounced C pillar gives a sense of solidity and balance when viewed from the side.
Drawing generously from the distinct styling elements of the Kue concept, the 2011 Sportage's front end proudly displays the new face of Kia, the brand's signature grille, with dramatic swept back headlamps, tabbed grille outline and a distinctive lower fascia treatment. The dynamically sculpted hood, framed by a distinctive windshield design, adds to Sportage's fresh appeal. The rear view offers a clean and contemporary look with pronounced tail lights set solidly within the rear lift gate. Longer, wider and lower than the previous model, the all-new CUV successfully retains the key features, including a commanding driving position and of security and powerful road presence, which helped make the second-generation Sportage so popular among consumers.
Starting with the Base trim, Sportage offers numerous standard exterior features, including 16-inch alloy wheels matched with 215/70R16 low-rolling resistance silica tires, body-color door handles, body-color and electrically adjustable side mirrors and a six-speed manual transmission. The LX adds side mirror LED turn signal indicators, keyless entry, and tinted glass. Moving to the EX trim offers more prominent 18-inch alloy wheels mated with 235/55R18 silica tires, roof rails, a rear spoiler and chrome body trim and door handles.