Kia Sportage facelifted for 2018 with 48v mild hybrid tech

Kia has revealed a fresh Sportage for 2018, facelifting what is its biggest seller in Britain with a mildly revised design and new powertrains, including a new option utilising 48-volt mild hybrid assistance.

On sale this Autumn, design changes are limited to new front and rear bumpers, new headlights and a fresh taillight setup with a full-width LED lighting bar spanning the width of the tailgate. New alloy wheel designs are available, 16, 17 and 19 inches in size.

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Kia Sportage 2018 facelift - rear

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Five new paint colours arrive too, while the GT-Line car gets a gloss black grille, more aggressive styling with chrome inserts on the side sills and tailgate, plus twin exhaust tips.

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A new steering wheel appears in the cabin and sits ahead of a revised instrument cluster. Fresh two-tone leather upholstery interior schemes appear on the options list.

The biggest news with the new Sportage is the addition of a 48v mild hybrid system, headlining a revised engine line-up. The new EcoDynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel is assisted by a 48v battery system, which supplements acceleration and also powers a starter-generator unit. It means that engine shut-off and coast capability is extended, reducing CO2 emissions and saving fuel. It replaces the 2.0-litre CRDi option.

Elsewhere, the Sportage’s 1.7-litre CRDi diesel unit has been dropped in favour of a newer 1.6-litre engine. It’ll be available with either 113bhp or 134bhp, with the higher-powered variant available with all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. 1.6-litre GDi petrol variants will continue on sale, compliant with Euro 6D emissions standards.

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Kia Sportage 2018 facelift - dash

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Tech wise, the Sportage receives an updated adaptive cruise control system with stop and go function. A top-down style 360-degree camera setup has been added, while a new safety feature appears in the form of a driver attention warning system. New infotainment displays have been added too, with a ‘frameless’ eight-inch screen available alongside a seven-inch unit.

The new Sportage will arrive in UK showrooms this August. Exact prices and specifications have not been revealed, but it shouldn’t pack too much of a premium over the outgoing version, with a starting price of around or just under £20,000.

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