Currently completing 30 years in Brazil, Kia Motors is launching the fifth generation Sportage on the national market – a mid-size SUV that is also reaching its third decade of life.
The company took advantage of the traditional meeting of classic cars in Araxá (MG) – in this edition called Brazil Classics Kia Show – to officially launch the car.
It is the second model from the Korean manufacturer to offer hybrid technology, joining the Stonic compact SUV. For the first time, the engine is a 1.6 turbo with a 48V hybrid system (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle), which together produces 180 hp and 27 kgfm of torque and is managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission.
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According to Kia, the data measured by Inmetro points to a consumption of 11.5 km / l in the city and 12.1 km / l on the road, which is always provided by gasoline.
At 4,515 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width, 1,650 mm in height and 2,680 mm in wheelbase, the new generation is bigger in every dimension. The trunk holds 562 liters.
There are two versions: EX, for BRL 224,990, and EX Prestige, for BRL 259,990. At the top of the line, the difference is a 12.3″ floating touchscreen and a programmable digital instrument panel, with an integrated curved LCD and a 12.3″ screen, called the Supervision Cluster.
Both are equipped with two airbags in front, side and curtain; exterior rearview mirrors with electric adjustment and folding, heatable and integrated repeater LED turn signals; Front and rear parking sensors, Hill Start Assist (HAC) and leather seats.
Common to both is also ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), a driver assistance package that includes fatigue alerts, blind spot collision avoidance, rear collision avoidance and cross traffic avoidance, seat assist and center way. , front collision prevention, rear view camera and dynamic parking guides and front and rear parking sensors.
On the EX Prestige, ADAS adds forward collision avoidance assistance including cross-traffic alert, 360-degree view cameras, a blind spot monitor with digital instrument cluster display, and automatic pilot and congestion assist.
Attractive prices and a package of equipment for those heading to the premium market and that suggests a good number of sales. However, no car meets the requirements.
“We buy 400 units a month, but we receive only 250. What Kia claims is that it lacks liquid aluminum to build transmission”, justifies José Luiz Gandini, president of the brand in the country.