2018 Kia Sportage Release Date and Changes
Quite recently, the latest generation of Sportage was launched. Although it is not much far from the previous model as what we expected, it has a more refined drivetrain to deliver more output and fresher design. The car is quite new, but if you would like to anticipate more for the 2018 Kia Sportage, it has more capable running gear, sportier version and revamped powertrain too.
We have to say that it is possible to have a more compliant set of shock absorbers with the stiffer springs for its suspension. The 2018 Kia Sportage is better to drive with the more stable performance especially for its cornering. It happens because the shocks to make it more comfortable and quieter compared to the previous model. We think that the design will be similar to the previous model especially with the visual update. The sportier version should get new 18-inch of the rim as the standard and it may use different color scheme. It seems there are no current home inserts since it has all black trim level in black mirrors, black roof rails and window surroundings. In short, it is a more aggressive generation with body-colored fender flares and a new grille with red inserts.
Cabin wise, it shouldn’t get much change inside. The company can be designed with latest safety features including more advanced adaptive cruise control system, better frontal crash collision and avoidance system. There is also new lane-keep assist to give better corrections especially to deal with bad weather conditions for the new 2018 Kia Sportage.
Under the bonnet, finally there will be no more 2.4 liters naturally aspirated engine since the company has the latest 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that is also used for the European market. It is capable of working for more than 175 hp and more than 180 lb-ft of torque. It shouldn’t faster than the 2.4 liters, but it provides more fuel efficient. About the top model, 2018 Kia Sportage has new 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four engine that has the direct injection system and more new features but the power will be down to 245 hp, yet the torque is higher than 270 lb-ft. This can be helpful to improve driving characteristics and better fuel consumption. For the larger engine, it seems that they will keep the same six-speed automatic, but we expect the smaller unit has the something more like Seven-speed dual clutch gearbox to US market.
2018 Kia Sportage may be launched in the early of 2018 with the price about $23,000 which is close to the current model. You will need more if you are anticipating the top model.