The 2017 Kia Sportage’s debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show brings with it confirmation on the car’s powertrains and specifications. The U.S.-spec Sportage is likely to make its debut soon, possibly at the Los Angeles auto show in November.
The U.S. version is the so-called 1.6 T-GDI engine, which is the same 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder offered in the closely related 2016 Hyundai Tucson. In the Sportage, it makes 174 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, though those numbers may change for the U.S. version. Putting the power to the wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and front- and all-wheel drive are both offered. Fuel economy should improve considerably.
The redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage wears a completely new skin, with a more aggressive face up front and a more streamlined rear end that takes inspiration from other Kia models like the K900 luxury sedan. Newly available active-safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.