Kia Sportage 2018 facelift unveiled with new mild-hybrid engine

Updated Nov 24, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Kia Sportage 2018 facelift is scheduled to go on sale in European market in Q3 2018.

The Kia Sportage 2018 facelift has officially been revealed with a fresh diesel mild-hybrid engine, tweaked style and new infotainment and safety technology.

Walking around, the facelift features revised rear and front lights adorned with 4-point LED daytime running lamps, akin to the new Kia Ceed and Kia Cerato. Specifically, the Sportage GT-Line version gets a gloss silver and black skid plate, a hot-stamped radiator grille in sleek black and darkish chrome placed on the rear tailgate and side sills. The GT-Line is now equipped with unique redesigned 19’’ alloys while other variants get new 17" and 16" wheels. All versions receive a twin-exhaust rear valance and updated ‘ice cube’ LED fog lights.

Kia Sportage 2018 facelift angular front

The facelift features revised rear and front lights adorned with 4-point LED daytime running lamps

Kia Sportage 2018 facelift interior

Stepping inside, the Sportage 2018 facelift comes with minor changes consisting of fresh grey-and-black 2-tone upholstery

Stepping inside, the updated Kia Sportage 2018 comes with minor changes consisting of fresh grey-and-black 2-tone upholstery, a fresh steering wheel and redesigned instrument cluster. Especially, the GT-Line version is decorated with optional black leather along with red trims and fresh grey-and-black 2-tone leather-covered seats.

The most significant change of the facelift lies under its hood. It is now powered by a new EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engine. For further information, Kia will introduce 16 “advanced-engine” cars by 2025 containing 5 EVs, 5 plug-in hybrids, 5 hybrids in 2020 and a fuel-cell electric car. The new EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid diesel powertrain combines a mild-hybrid starter-generator unit and a 48 V battery and a 2.0L ‘R’ diesel mill.

Besides, the car also comes with a new 1.6L ‘U3’ CRDi mill which is the cleanest diesel powertrain Kia has ever built. It is capable of cranking out 136 or 115 PS, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox and driven by all-wheel-drive system. All engines will follow the newest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards.   

Kia Sportage 2018 facelift angular front

It is now powered by a new EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engine

The refreshed Sportage comes with all of newest driving assistance systems from Kia like an around view monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Driver Attention Warning. Besides, a 7” touchscreen and a “frameless” 8” unit come as options on the European-spec model.

According to the latest car news, the Kia Sportage 2018 facelift is palnned to be available for sale in European market in Q3 2018.

In the meantime, check out the up-to-date Kia Sportage's price in the Philippines for your further reference:

Kia Sportage 2018 price in the Philippines
 Models 2017 SRP 2018 SRP Difference
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 SL AT GAS P1,245,000 P1,275,000 P30,000
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 SL AT DSL P1,395,000 P1,475,000 P80,000
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 GT-Line DSL P1,725,000 P1,745,000 P20,000

Know more about Kia Sportage 2022

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage 2022 Philippines is a 5-seater compact crossover that is competing in the local market in its fourth-generation version. It is still unclear as to when will the fifth-gen arrive on our shores. In the local market, it is available in three variants with a price that ranges from Php 1,290,000 to Php 1,820,000. Under the hood, there are two engine options. First is the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that makes 153 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque, while the second option is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine good for 182 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Diesel variants use an 8-speed automatic with Shiftronic, while the sole gas variant gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of dimensions, the Sportage is 4,480 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, and 1,645 mm high (1,655 mm for top-spec GT-Line). It also comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,670 mm and 172 mm, respectively. In the local market, the Korean compact crossover goes up against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester.

₱ 1,290,000 - ₱ 1,820,000

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