In the past couple of years Kia’s lineup has grown to include three different SUV models as well as the stylish Forte sedan and Soul hatchback, all while improving quality levels and maintaining the brand’s traditions of affordability and good value. This rollercoaster of product launches doesn’t show any signs of slowing, even with the recent economic crisis, with first the new 2010 Sorrento and now the 2011 Sportage due soon for release.
Prototypes for the all-new Sportage are still testing around Europe but the final design of the compact SUV has been revealed thanks to these leaked design patents from the European Registry.
Due for launch later this year, the Sportage appears to retain the boxy styling of the current model, though it features a new sportier edge that it shares with the Sorrento, as well as Kia's new family styling.
Mechanically, the new 2011 Sportage shares much in common with the 2010 Hyundai Tucson though there will be some differences.
The redesigned SUV is expected to be available with a pair of new four-cylinder engines as well as a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic. A 2.0L turbodiesel will also be offered for European market, and while the U.S. will likely miss out on this powerplant a more powerful petrol V-6 engine may be offered in its place.