Kia adds sizzle to Sportage

20 Mar 2011 | 1,820 views | No Comment
         It's quite appropriate that the press shots of Kia's new 2011 Sportage SX Compact SV feature a model done up in a peppery shade of red. This is a hot, hot, hot version of the fast selling  Sportage promises to be quite a drive: It has a 256 horsepower four cylinder turbocharged Theta II 2.0-liter engine with a six speed automatic, and Kia says it also will have the best fuel economy---27 miles per gallon-- of any turbo CUV in its compact class.   The 2011 Sportage SX front-wheel drive (FWD) features a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,795 while all-wheel drive (AWD) models feature a starting MSRP of $27,295.     The Sportage SX also has a sport-tuned suspension featuring firmer shock and strut rates for improved handling and dynamic performance. over non-SX models. On the outside, SX models receive unique 18" alloy wheels, a signature SX grille, dual exhaust, and special side sill moldings. Exterior updates are complemented by SX-specific interior appointments adding more refinement inside the cabin, including standard aluminum door sills and a sleek new supervision gauge cluster, a Kia press release says. The Sportage SX also offers Orange and Blue interior color packages, and the Orange  Color Package includes orange stitching on the steering wheel, center console, and seats coupled with orange accents on the door panels and air vents. A unique blue patterned cloth seat and blue interior accents are included as part of the Blue Color Package.

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