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Kia to serve up new Sportage SUV at Aussie tennis champs

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Kia is expected to unveil its new Sportage amid the fanfare of the Australian tennis open in Melbourne in January, a cialis generic online month or two before the mid-range SUV goes on sale in New Zealand. The South Korean carmaker is the tournament’s main sponsor and aims to give the new model a kick start in sales by parading it in front of the championship’s massive international television audience.

2014 Kia Sportage

The front end of the current Sportage

The Sportage will have its first public airing at the Frankfurt motor show in a couple of weeks. The pictures here were released by Kia after fuzzy unofficial images of the Sportage appeared on a South Korean car blog. They show design cues pharmacy online heavily influenced by the KX-3 concept revealed in China late last year. Chief among them is the restyled front end. The headlights are no longer integrated into the flow of the grille, and as a result the trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille itself is now more prominent, highlighted by a chrome surround. The daytime running lights lower in the front bumpers are a signature design feature of the brand but, like the headlight assembly, are set apart in the new Sportage. Previously they were linked by a lower air intake.

Broader shoulder line for more ‘rakish’ appearance

Side on, the new model appears more refined, mature. The longer front overhang and shorter rear overhang help to give it a more rakish stance, while the broader shoulder line adds ‘muscle.’ The windscreen appears a bit more steeply raked, although the sloping side window line is very similar to the old car’s. At the rear a new chrome strip links the redesigned light clusters. A metallic rear skidplate also appears, and there’s liberal use of chrome for the exhausts, lower door trim and roof bars. Kia will release the Sportage’s mechanical details and overall dimensions at Frankfurt. A clue here is that it viagra pills is based on the chassis of the upcoming Hyundai Tucson, so it might be larger than the current Sportage and with more interior space.

A skid plate and more chrome at the rear

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Engines are said to be revised four-cylinder petrol and diesel offerings. There are two diesels, one delivering 100kW and the other 140kW, and three petrol units, comprising a 147kW 1.6-litre, 180kW 2.0-litre, and a new 98kW 1.2-litre. There’s a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, too. Exactly what drivetrains will be available for New Zealand won’t be known until closer to launch early next year. The Sportage has been Kia’s best seller in New Zealand and the new model will further boost its profile. Sales of the Kia range have been averaging around 265 units a month this year.  

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