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#96 of 149 2.0T out this year? I hope so, but don't think so...
Aug 25, 2010 (4:43 am)
I don't know what to believe anymore...
Please tell me that Autoweek got the dates wrong for the Optima. If you read the article, it says that the Optima is out "next year", and then the Hybrid out "1st quarter of 2011". Aren't they really the same timeframe? This is contrary to what Kia has "officially" put on their website.
Also the Sportage 2.0T date could be wrong as well...this article says "arrives this year" while "officially" it is 2011.
Future products: Kia seeks lively, upscale look
Kia's redesigned Optima sedan and the Cadenza replacement for the Amanti, both due next year, reflect an emphasis on creating a livelier and more upscale look for the once-bland brand.
Indeed, styling has been a crucial element of Kia's new-product push in the past 18 months.
The team at Kia Design Center America near Los Angeles--part of the automaker's global design network led by onetime Audi design chief Peter Schreyer--has helped set the new styling direction.
Designers in California created the Kue crossover concept that was the basis for the Sportage redesign. They also did the exterior styling on the Soul, Forte and Forte Koup and Sorento and the interior of the upcoming Optima. Kia's design center in Frankfurt did the Optima's exterior.
Look for more excitement under the hood, too, as Kia strives to be seen as a brand that delivers moderately priced vehicles that are fun to drive. For example, the new Sportage, which went on sale this month, gets a 270-hp direct- injection turbocharged engine as an option in early 2011.
Here are highlights of Kia's U.S. plans for the 2011-13 model years.
Rio: A redesign of Kia's small car is expected to go on sale in late 2011.
Rondo: The compact minivan may be replaced for the 2013 model year with a new five-door model based on the same platform as the Hyundai i30, which is sold in Europe.
Soul: The first reskin for the quirky, boxy subcompact since its February 2009 debut is planned for the summer of 2011, when the Soul gets a new fascia. A redesign is scheduled for the 2014 model year.
Optima: The mid-sized sedan, which shares a platform with the Hyundai Sonata, will be redesigned early next year. Styling of the 2011 Optima is sporty and streamlined. It gets the “tiger nose” grille seen on all new Kia models since the debut of the Soul. The new version will be launched with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional turbocharged version that puts out an estimated 270 hp. A hybrid version will be introduced in the first quarter of 2011.
Sorento: The crossover was redesigned in December. A restyling is planned for the 2013 model year.
Sportage: The third generation of Kia's compact SUV debuted this month with styling cues from the 2007 Kue concept done at Kia's California design center. A version powered by a 270-hp, turbocharged direct-injection engine arrives this year. A reskin is scheduled for the 2014 model year.
Forte: A replacement for the compact sedan is planned for the 2013 model year, with a new platform and possibly a new name.
Cadenza: The Amanti replacement--introduced in Korea last year as the K-7--will go on sale in April as a 2012 model. The Cadenza, powered by a 3.5-liter V6, is longer and wider than the Amanti. The wheelbase of the Korean version is about 112 inches, compared with the Amanti's 107.1 inches. The Amanti name will disappear.
Borrego: The body-on-frame SUV will remain in Kia's lineup through the 2013 model year with no changes planned. Kia executives are not convinced that the segment is worth additional investment, so the Borrego may be killed when its current life cycle ends after the 2013 model year.
Sedona: The minivan segment is shrinking, so Kia may not replace the Sedona after production is scheduled to end after the 2013 model year.
Hybrid: Kia is kicking around the idea of a dedicated hybrid, likely a compact car, but it is struggling with the business case in a segment dominated by the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight.
#97 of 149 Sportage with a few accessories
Sep 08, 2010 (4:31 pm)
here's a LX base model (6 spd manual) with some extras on it.
#98 of 149 Leather seats but NO sunroof?
Sep 21, 2010 (5:40 pm)
I'm considering a 2011 Kia Sportage. I want leather seats but do NOT want a sunroof. I keep my cars a long time (10 and more years) and fear the sunroof will leak in later years of ownership. Besides, I have a history of skin cancer and just wouldn't use a sunroof. From building a Sportage on the Kia website, if I want leather, I must take the sunroof. Do you know if this is a mandatory combination? If so, it rules out this vehicle for me.
Sep 21, 2010 (7:27 pm)
your Sportage will have a cover over the sunroof so it will not be exposing you to the direct sunlight, so don't let that get in your way of buying the Sportage you like, OK?
#100 of 149 Re: Leather seats but NO sunroof? [bestmickey]
Sep 23, 2010 (10:53 am)
at least one dealer in our area has offered to add leather to an LX model for around $1500-$1800. We want the NAV with Leather but don't like the "premium" dual a/c and we really don't like the new EX "Daisy" wheels either. So basically you can come out with a leather and NAV equipped LX for around $3k less than the EX with NAV/leather/sunroof. Might be worth asking about. Now if they can just produce enough of these cars to fill the dealers requests. In our area it seems like the dealers are all having to beg the factory to get more than a few at a time..
#101 of 149 what am I leaving on the table...
Sep 23, 2010 (12:46 pm)
Before I sign the lease deal for a 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD with the premium package (no tech)...lease terms: 36 months, 15k miles/yr, zero down...MSRP: $28,650, Cap Cost: $26,400, Monthly 394.00/tx included...is this a good deal??
#104 of 149 Re: what am I leaving on the table... [scan2]
Oct 05, 2010 (8:22 am)
I think 394 a month is a pretty good deal considering you're putting nothing down. I am also trying to lease the 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD with the premium leather package. I've been offering to put down $3,000 and the best they've given me so far is $350 a month. I'm about to go to another dealership and see what they say. Really and truly I'm trying to get my payment down to just under $300 a month (if I could get $295 that would be amazing). Does anyone know if getting the 2011 Kia Sportage EX AWD with premium leather package, for $300 a month with $3000 down is possible? I really love the style and all the add ons and really have my heart set on it but don't want to pay more than 300 a month.
#105 of 149 2011 Sportage LX with NAV and Leather
Oct 05, 2010 (8:41 am)
Just bought a Black Cherry/Black 2011 Sportage LX FWD with convenience package, Navigation and dealer installed leather for $24,600 + TTL. Not a screaming deal off sticker but the inventory is so low here they aren't dealing much yet. The sticker with add ons for leather, window tint, and a pin stripe was $26,100. We don't like the EX's 18" daisy wheels, push button start or premium climate control so this LX saved us about $3500 more than a similarly equipped EX. We didn't finance it, to bad there is no cash back, as the financing was the only incentive they have on the Sportage now. It's amazing when you pay cash for a car how the top of the line models aren't as appealing as they used to be.