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#7 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [steve_]
Apr 25, 2010 (8:27 am)
I follow what you are saying, but people are going to have to get out of this mentallity of thinking that a V6 is more powerful than a four.
The Sportage's direct competition like the Tucson, CR-V, Rogue, Tiquan (it only offers a turbo) do not have V6's. If they feel they need it they can move up to a Sorento.
You are now finding that vehicles in the past that didn't even offer a 4 cylinder are now making it standard. How many vehicles have V8's these days, that used to be standard on the vast majority of vehicles at one time.
#8 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [conwelpic]
Apr 25, 2010 (6:44 pm)
Thanks for the update. I guess August would qualify as late summer/early fall. There is actually some advantage for me that they come from Korea as the vehicles come off the boat here in the Pacific Northwest. Though KIA prices seem to be higher here than in other parts of the US.
From what I see on Youtube, it looks like the new Sportage is already on sale in Korea as the "Sportage R". The instrument panel looks a little bit different than the north American version.
I had also been reading that Hyundai was going to shift SUV production from Alabama to the KIA plant in West Point, GA. It looks the KIA/Hyundai folks are on fire right now, with the Sorento selling well and getting lots of positive reviews for the Optima, Sportage, etc.
#9 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [jayrob167]
Apr 27, 2010 (2:56 pm)
Further update on the arrival of the new Sportage. I was at my Canadian dealer today getting a normal service done on my Rondo and talked to the Sales Manager and he informed me that he has been notified that he should be getting the new 2011 Sportage sometime in June. He was surprised and hopes they are right as he has quite a few on order for stock and customer looking forward to seeing it when it arrives.
#10 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [conwelpic]
Apr 30, 2010 (5:17 am)
I am so excited to see that you got some news from your dealer. As soon as I found out about the new Sportage (April 1), I went to my local dealer (Plaza KIA Thornhill) and asked about it. One sales guy said next year, but the other said some time this year. He was supposed to email me when more news is received.
Do you mind telling me which dealer you are referring to? I am really looking forward to getting the 2.0T version. However, I wonder if it will have 274hp just like the Optima and Sonata?
#11 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [markleung]
Apr 30, 2010 (6:26 am)
Sorry, I don't live in the GTA I'm 2 hrs east in Prince Edward County (if you put your pointer over my name, you will see a balloon with my location - wish they would make this site more user friendly!). My dealer said he would contact me within two weeks of there arrival. He's all sold out of 2010 Sportages, so is anxious to get the new model.
If you are after the 2.0L turbo version, there is a possibility that could be early next year, It will have the 2.4L initially with 176hp. I have that size of engine in my Rondo but it does not produce that much hp, so it should handle it very well as they are similar size and weight vehicles.
#12 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [conwelpic]
Apr 30, 2010 (6:41 am)
Thanks for telling me about the mouseover function. I know where you are then.
Well, let's hope it is coming out really soon and be sure to let us know as well. I honestly hope the 2.0T is out this year to match up with my lease return in October. My preference will be Sportage, then Optima/Magentis, then Sonata.
#13 of 149 MSN Canada first drives in Korea
May 01, 2010 (6:13 pm)
The 'swamp buggy,' best known for its commercials of a Cajun man running it amuck though alligator territory while squealing "AYEEAAHH!" looks - and feels - nothing like its predecessor. In a first drive for overseas journalists, we ran the Sportage along smooth tarmac, rather than rough terrain.
Following cues from Kia's 2007 Kue concept vehicle, the new Sportage now looks more at home fluttering around the city, rather than just the sleepy suburbs. It's modern and sporty, with cargo space to pack all of the necessities for a new family, or city slickers looking to escape to the wilderness for a weekend. It's one of the Kia's best new designs, one I hope will carry over with its other new vehicles. It also gets Kia's new "face" or what the Korean company dubs the "Schreyer line" - after the chief designer.
We drove the new 2.4L engine with Continuously Variable Value Timing (CVVT) to boost power and fuel economy. Behind the wheel the CUV feels capable of comfortably cruising in the quick lane; the engine was smooth and offered up power when needed. You won't want to take on a Lamborghini with it, but it didn't feel anemic like some of Kia's former engines. We tested the six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting. In full-out, automatic do-nothing mode, the tranny smoothly did its job at the right time. A six-speed manual is also available. Climbing in to the driver's seat it's a short step, and from the captain's chair the Sportage feels low and well-planted to the road. The CUV will also be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
In a less than flattering description, Kia's product planner said the crossover was dubbed the "Jerked Beefortage" by Koreans after it "crashed like beef jerky" in collision testing. Kia says the new Sportage earns a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S. It's just the safety endorsement Kia is looking for since it's continuing to run its compact utility vehicle up vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and Jeep Compass. The 2011 Sportage goes on sale this fall.
#14 of 149 Re: 2011 Kia Sportage [markleung]
May 02, 2010 (6:24 pm)
according to Michael Sprague VP of Marketing for KIA US, the turbo will by available a "few months after launch", so I guess it depends how quick they can get the first vehicles to dealers and then you can judge from there.
#15 of 149 Out in June in Canada!
May 03, 2010 (11:20 am)
Starts at C$21995, but no mention of the 2.0T.