Kia Sportage 2018 facelift unveiled with new mild-hybrid engine

May 24, 2018 | Same topic: Auto industry: Latest 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 Kia Sportage 2018 facelift 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 2018 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