New Kia Sportage received an advanced adaptive chassis – DRIVE

The length, width, height and wheelbase of the crossover are equal to 4660 mm (+175 mm to predecessor), 1865 (+10), 1660 (+15) and 2755 (+85), trunk – 637 liters. Shown here is the X-Line version.

Exterior and interior of the model Kia Sportage the fifth generation were declassified back in June. But only now the company revealed the characteristics of the SUV and supplemented the story with details. A relative of the newest Tusana and Sorento on the Hyundai-Kia N3 platform is shown in a long wheelbase version. For Europe, they should later release a short wheelbase, with a distance between the axles of 2680 mm and a length of 4485 mm. This division by the base, depending on the region, was first used on KIA models.

Sportage’s design (in line with the new language of Opposites United) is the result of collaboration between KIA’s design teams in South Korea, Germany, the United States and China, giving new meaning to the concept of a global model.

The SUV received a 1.6 TGDI gasoline engine (180 HP, 265 N • m) and a two-liter diesel (186 HP, 417 N • m). The first works in tandem with a seven-speed “robot” or with a six-speed “mechanics”, and the second – with an eight-speed “automatic”. The drive can be front and full. Also announced hybrids of the usual type and with charging from the mains, other gasoline and diesel options, but so far without characteristics.

In the top-end version of the car, a 12-inch touchscreen and an adjacent 12-inch instrument display serve as the center of the digital universe, which is voiced by the Harman Kardon audio system. The center console shelters touch switches plus a compartment for wireless smartphone charging.

The Terrain Mode is responsible for adapting the car to different surfaces (snow, mud, sand), and without it, the chassis and unit settings change between the Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart programs, which together make up Drive Mode. The front suspension of a McPherson-type car, the company calls the rear four-link. For the first time, the suspension of this model boasts continuous damping control (Electric Control Suspension, ECS, option). In addition, the hybrid variants of the model (HEV and PHEV) will receive the E-Handling system, which improves dynamics, agility and stability. The details of her work have not yet been disclosed.

Depending on the configuration, the new Sportage will receive wheels with a diameter of 17, 18 or 19 inches in seven designs and colors.

The equipment of the Sportage includes Matrix LED headlights, a set of airbags (front, side and curtains), a remote parking system Remote Smart Parking Assist, which allows you to park or leave the car from outside the car. The complex driver assistance and safety systems include automatic braking in front of cars, pedestrians and cyclists, smart cruise control that can slow down to turns using navigation data, as well as active avoidance of collisions with cars in the blind zone of mirrors when changing lanes. The crossover will appear on the home market by the end of the year, and in Russia already in 2022.

History Alexey Smirnov, Robert Yessenov, Leonid Popov

In the early nineties of the last century, KIA introduced its first SUV to the world. At that time, no one had heard of crossovers, so the first-generation Sportage, which appeared in September 1993, was worked according to the classic scheme: a frame structure, a rigidly connected front axle, a two-stage transfer case with a reduction gear, a dependent rear suspension. At first, the Sportage was produced with a gasoline two-liter engine with a capacity of 95 or 128 hp, as well as an 83-horsepower turbodiesel.

There were two body types: with three and five doors. “Three-door” could have both hard (steel) and soft top, but the second modification was in limited demand and was sold mainly in the local market. In Europe, a five-door version was offered (length – 4245 mm, wheelbase – 2650 mm), which was assembled at the facilities of Karmann.

Eight years after the start of production, the first Sportage was updated, retouching its exterior and interior, as well as replenishing its engine range with a 2.2 liter turbodiesel. On the basis of the five-door, they began to produce a modification extended by 305 mm. This Sportage received the title of Grand. In 1999, the production of an SUV was launched in Kaliningrad, where it continued to be produced until 2007.

Introduced in September 2004, the second-generation Sportage was less utilitarian. The frame was replaced by a reinforced load-bearing body, instead of a demultiplier, a viscous coupling was used in the rear wheel drive. The suspension has become independent – McPherson struts “in a circle”. In addition, the Sportage turned out to be a clone of the Hyundai Tuscon crossover.

One of the few advantages that distinguished the Sportage from its competitors was the 175-horsepower V6 engine (241 Nm), which gave the small crossover convincing dynamics. Also in the lineup there was a petrol “four” 2.0 Beta II (138-142 hp) and a two-liter turbodiesel CRDi (112).

If the predecessor model was content with two gearboxes to choose from, then the “second” Sportage – three (“mechanics” with five and six steps, as well as a four-band “automatic”). Customers were offered versions with front or all-wheel drive. The production of the crossover was established at factories in South Korea, Slovakia, China, the Philippines, Ecuador, Ukraine and Russia. The release lasted until 2010.

The company introduced the third generation of the Sportage in 2010. The car once again shared a base with its Hyundai ix35 / Tucson sibling. The front suspension remains similar (McPherson struts, which have acquired a greater inclination), but a multi-link with spaced springs and shock absorbers appeared at the back. The stiffer bodywork also contributed to better handling.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of this model is the design created by Peter Schreier.

The car retained the clutch in the rear axle drive. Under the hood – a new engine with direct injection 1.6 GDI for 140 forces. In addition, there were gasoline units 2.0 and 2.4 and diesels 1.7 and 2.0 (from 115 to 184 hp). The car was assembled in Korea, Slovakia, Indonesia and in Russia (at Avtotor). In 2013, the model survived restyling, during which the appearance was slightly corrected, but the tidy and multimedia were changed, a new 2.4 GDI gasoline unit with 184 “horses” appeared.

Fourth generation appeared in 2015. The model was built on the modernized platform of its predecessor with MacPherson strut and multi-link, slightly increased in size, improved aerodynamics and increased torsional rigidity of the body.

The car received gasoline engines 1.6 GDI and 1.6 T-GDI, 2.0 MPI and 2.0 T-GDI, 2.4 GDI, plus diesel engines 1.7 CRDi and 2.0 CRDi R, which covered the power range from 115 to 188 “horses”. Their set differed from market to market. Gearboxes: “mechanics”, “robots” and “automatic machines”.

Restyling the model took place in 2018 (bottom right photo in the collage). In addition to adjustments to the bumpers, grille, optics and interior, the Sportage received a moderate hybrid variation based on a two-liter diesel with EcoDynamics + system and a new 1.6 CRDi diesel (the cleanest KIA diesel at the time). And in Russia, instead of a 1.6 turbo engine with a “robot”, they began to sell a modification with an aspirated 2.4 and “automatic”.


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