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1st August, 2013

Kia’s Sportage compact SUV has added a little Euro savoir-fare with the arrival of the Slovakian-built Series II models.

The car is essentially the same as the Korean-built original which has been winning converts since it was launched in late 2010.

The Sportage Series II, on sale now, adds HID headlamps, static cornering lamps, aero blade front wipers, partial leather seat trims, rear seat warmer, front wiper de-icer and an Active ECO mode on the diesel automatic.

The cars are identical from the front and side but the rear design cues vary slightly with a Series II badge, the rear reflector cluster now incorporates fog lamps and a slight variation to the lower bumper design.

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Interior variations include a new leather seat stitch pattern and colour, new head restraints design, central locking button on both driver and passenger doors, lockable glove box, digital clock now incorporated into the audio display, more soft-touch materials and an air-conditioning system that can deliver hot and cold air from seven independent vent modes.

“Really, the only problem we have had since the arrival of the Sportage is getting enough to meet demand,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow, said. “The opportunity to have consistent supply by taking production from Europe makes perfect sense and will benefit customers and dealers alike.”

“While this is the first European-built Kia on the market in Australia, it will not be the last with the exciting pro_cee’d GT coming from the same Zilina production facility early next year.”

The Sportage Series II will be available in three trim levels - Si, SLi and Platinum - with 2WD for Si models in manual and automatic while SLi and Platinum will be 4WD automatic only.

The existing 2.4-litre will be deleted from the range with the 2.0-litre MPI Theta II petrol engine available in all three grades while the 2.0-litre R Diesel (now Euro 5 compliant) is available in SLi and Platinum grades. (copyright image)
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The European-sourced Sportage will retain the high-technology Dynamax all-wheel-drive system launched with the Sportage in Australia.

Pricing for the 2WD 5-speed manual Si petrol starts at $25,490* (add $2,000* for the 6-speed automatic) while the 4WD petrol SLi automatic is $31,990* ($33,490* with satellite navigation) and the petrol Platinum automatic is $36,490*.

For diesel models the SLi starts at $35,490* ($36,990* with satellite navigation) and tops out at $39,990* for the Platinum variant.

Premium paint is available as a $520* option.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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