Kia Canada says the redesigned 2011 Sportage will be arriving in dealership showrooms this week with a starting MSRP of $21,995.
Offered in two trim grades, LX and EX, both trims are powered by a 176 horsepower, 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder Theta II Engine that delivers more horsepower than the previous 2.0L V6 engines.
It also offers either a 6-speed manual transmission (base) or a full featured 6-speed automatic transmission (all trims other than base).
“The 6-speed automatic transmission is engineered and manufactured by Kia Motors and is one of the most compact and fuel efficient transmissions in the market today,” the automaker said in a release.
“The all new Sportage is the latest addition to Kia’s redesigned lineup”, said Maria Soklis, V-P and COO of Kia Canada. “The Sportage is an integral part of Kia’s strategy to develop world class design-led products that exceed customer expectations for quality and value in the Canadian marketplace.”
Fuel economy has improved by up to 12 per cent highway and 21 per cent city.
The Sportage is covered by Kia’s comprehensive warranty program, which offers a 5 year/100,000 km power train warranty, a 5 year/100,000 km limited basic warranty and a 5 year unlimited kilometer anti-perforation warranty.
A 5-year/100,000 km roadside assistance plan also forms part of Kia’s comprehensive vehicle coverage.
Standard features include side curtain airbags, front active headrests, four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control (TC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC).
It also introduces motor driven power steering (MDPS) to the Kia lineup resulting in improved fuel economy by using an electric power steering motor instead of loading the engine with a hydraulic power steering pump.
This system is custom calibrated to the preferred feel of typical Canadian driver and is fully protected by multiple failsafe modes.