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Updated: New Kia Sportage sets the tone for the next-generation family

DEVELOPED on a new architecture, the 2022 Kia Sportage is deeply rooted in a mindset of constant reinvention. Under the new ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, the fifth-generation SUV once again brings innovation that elevates the brand to the next level.

To create a dynamic, engaging and optimal driving experience, the new Sportage debuts numerous innovative features and is focused as a driver-centric design, underscoring its everyday family-friendly practicality and usability.

The sweeping design of the dashboard creates a feeling of great width and depth while the elegant and ergonomic layout combines to form a driver-orientated design that integrates technology in intuitive and innovative ways.

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Combined with a curved 12.3-inch digital cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen available in the GT-Line variant, the displays take centre stage on the dashboard and create a luxurious ambience.

The digital cluster is paired with a blind spot view monitor for added safety when changing lanes. Also debuting in the all-new Sportage GT-Line is a 360-degree 3D surround view monitor which optimises images from four cameras (front, side mirrors and rear).

Exterior design of the Sportage breaks new ground in the category with its signature tiger nose grille and distinctive futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED DRLs (daytime running lamps), which in turn create solid boundary lines for the striking LED headlamps.

The Sportage maintains its strong road presence at the rear with a muscular swooping fastback design that flows into the razor rear lamps, which have been crafted to give the impression that they cut into the body with fine precision.

It has grown in virtually every dimension when compared to the outgoing model and due to the larger exterior, there is enhanced passenger room for the second-row and greater luggage capacity. This is achieved while retaining the signature full-size spare wheel.

The new Sportage’s intelligent interior space, which combines practicality, functionality and versatility, is underpinned by an elongated wheelbase of 2755mm, a length of 4660mm, width of 1865mm and height of 1660mm.

The Sportage has also advanced in terms of safety, featuring both passive and active high-tech systems, including Kia’s acclaimed in-house developed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology .

As part of its ADAS package, the 2022 Sportage features Kia’s forward collision-avoidance assist, intelligent speed limit assist, speed limiter, smart cruise control. The digital display with a 4.2-inch multi-function LCD, available on S, SX and SX+ trims, is all new too.

The simplistic feature has been designed to replace analogue gauges to maintain a high-tech image across the range. Tuned specifically for the Australian market, the new model has been put through a full local ride and handling program.

Across the various S, SX, SX+ and GT-Line trims, a 2.0-litre MPI (115kW/192Nm), 1.6-litre TGDI (132kW/265Nm) and R2.0-litre diesel (137kW/416Nm) will be available.

Kia’s highly regarded 1.6-litre has been paired with the dynamic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and provides much improved low-down torque. The transmission sends power to both the front and rear wheels for improved performance and handling.

This powertrain is exclusively available on the GT-Line and SX+ variants. The new Sportage will be available in eight colours with five being new to the range. Set to arrive in dealerships in mid-November, pricing starts from $34,690 drive away for the S manual.

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and is offered in front-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre turbo all-wheel drive range kicks off with the SX+ at $46,990 drive away. Diesel power starts with the S AWD at $42,990 and tops out at $54,990 drive away for the GT-Line.

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