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Updated Kia Sportage revealed

Kia has unveiled its refreshed Sportage, which will gain a mild-hybrid diesel drivetrain as well as new technologies and a fresh design.

The new Kia Sportage introduces a range of enhancements

The new Kia Sportage introduces a range of enhancements

On-sale in Europe during Q3 2018, the brand’s UK and global best-seller will launch an EcoDynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid that will, as outlined by Fleet World, bring increased efficiency – Kia said it can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) – while proving significantly cheaper than full hybrid drivetrains.

The unit is small enough to be integrated into existing vehicles and drivetrains, and marks a further step forwards for the company’s electrification plan.

The revised powertrain line-up also includes a new 1.6-litre diesel that replaces the Sportage’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi and will be available in 113 or 134bhp variants, the latter available with all-wheel drive and seven-speed double-clutch transmission. All powertrains will be fully compliant with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards.

The updated model also brings enhancements to the design – including new front and rear bumpers – as well as upgraded infotainment and active driver aids and modifications to ‘GT-Line’ models.

European customer deliveries of the new model will start during Q3 2018. On-sale date, pricing and specification will be announced closer to the launch.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.