The refreshed Kia Sportage crossover has finally arrived. Here are the first pics.
Updated for the 2014 model year, the refreshed Sportage crossover hosts a large number of styling tweaks and technical enhancements.
According to Kia, the 2014 Kia Sportage delivers better mileage and has more power than before.
Thanks to the addition of the gasoline direct injection -GDI technology, the base 2,4L four-cylinder engine generates 182 horsepower at 6000 rpm (up from 176 hp at 6000 rpm) and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm (up from 168 lb-ft at 4000 rpm).
Along with a slight boost in power come an array of design enhancements, as well as a plethora of comfort and convenience features.
2014 Kia Sportage gains restyled H-signature grille
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX the updated Kia Sportage features a high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares, conveying an indomitable road presence with an aggressive, hunkered-down stance.
The full-sectioned body, defined by a spearing shoulder line throughout the length of the car, helps to visually connect the available HID headlamps and LED tail lights.
The crispness of this line, together with its lowered body, creates a distinct sense of precision while the pronounced C-pillar conveys an air of solidity and balance when viewed from the side.
Sportage continues the evolution of Kia’s design language with a new grille design and as well as new fog lamps on the EX trim.
The 2014 Sportage enhances ride quality and dynamic handling through standard high performance dampers across all trim levels (previously only on EX and SX).
For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic steering column is now standard across all trims. For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats.
Moving to the EX trim adds standard heated front seats, Infinity Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink and heated outside mirrors.
2014 Kia Sportage Premium package
Meanwhile, an available Premium package in the 2014 Kia Sportage adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM Traffic, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
UVO is standard EX & SX trims
Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the Sportage takes in-car connectivity to the next level with UVO eServices.
The system represents an evolutionary leap from the original UVO system’s capabilities, adding a new telematics suite (“eServices”) enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone appthat provides drivers with an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilities and added convenience features.
Kia’s UVO is short for “Your Voice” and through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.
When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2014 Kia Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System and auto headlamp system.