Kia updates Sportage lineup in the US
Kia said the Sportage LX Value Edition now wears 18-inch dark gray wheels, and features a smart key, push button start, and heated front seats.
Other Sportage variants, the EX Tech Package and SX Turbo, have updated maps that include new points of interests, and Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) features.
ADAS is a compilation of safety driving aids, some of which are standard in all Kia Sportage trims.
Forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection uses both a front forward-facing radar and camera to help detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warns the driver of a potential collision. If the driver fails react to avoid the impact, the system will apply the Sportage's emergency brakes at up to 81 kph.
Lane departure warning provides audio and visual warnings from the screen, alerting the driver if he or she strays out of the lane unintentionally. Lane keeping assist, meanwhile, steers the car back into place.
Driver attention warning detects whether the Sportage driver is giving tired driving patterns. If such a pattern is detected, an audible alert and visual warning will be displayed on the instrument cluster, cueing the driver to take a rest.
High beam assist senses oncoming vehicles or street lamps, and automatically controls the high beam function to provide the best possible visibility, all without blinding other road users.
A standard ADAS kit in the Sportage Nightfall, EX, and SX Turbo trims includes the blind spot collision warning, and rear cross-traffic collision warning. Both features are optional on the LX trim, Kia said.
Blind-spot collision warning monitors blind spots, and visually alerts the driver through the sideview mirror if another vehicle enters a blind spot.
When backing out of a parking space or driveway, the rear cross traffic alert system warns of any passing traffic in the road the Sportage is reversing into.
The US-spec Sportage SUVs are powered by either of two engines, a two-liter turbo with 240hp and 353Nm of torque, and a 2.4-liter with 181hp and 232Nm.
Locally, Kia Philippines has three Sportage variants on offer. The entry-level 2.0 LX AT 4x2 Gas (P1,290,000), the only gasoline-powered Sportage, has a power and torque output of 153hp and 190Nm.
The upper 2.0 LX AT 4x2 Diesel (P1,545,000) and 2.0 GT-Line AT 4x2 Diesel (P1,820,000) share a two-liter turbo diesel mill that makes 185hp and 400Nm of torque. All three variants share an eight-speed auto box.
The GT-Line Sportage is distinguishable with 19-inch alloys, LED lights front and back, sliver skid plates, a gloss-black grille, and electric-foldable side mirrors.
Inside, the GT-Line's steering, shift knob, and seats are wrapped in leather. A push button start is fitted, while an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto takes center stage in the GT-Line and LX Diesel.
The LX AT Gasoline and LX AT Diesel cars also get rear vents in their manual climate controls, feature a radio with aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity in which their music can be piped through their six tweeters.
As an added bonus, Kia Philippines is also offering a P300,000 cash discount on the Kia Sportage LX Diesel with its "Red Hot Deals" program.
The LX Gas gets a P250,000 cash discount, and the GT Line slashes P100,000 off its P1.82 million price tag.
Hurry up if you want a deal on the Sportage, though--the program runs until April 30.
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