Kia Sportage SX

The latest edition of the new generation Kia Sportage is a fab car!

Besides all the good things the new Sportage offers such as nice styling, comfort and convenience, superb quality, and practicality, the new one called Sportage SX also mixes up decent performance with fuel economy.

That is due to a new Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine that at 256 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of peak torque and 27 mpg, offers the best compromise between power and efficiency. That is a great amount of power for a car of this class and specially this price range (starting at $27,2950) and that fuel economy is also a good figure given the type of the car and its capabilities.

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Kia Sportage Sx Turbo models also come with a few styling tweaks to be distinguished than the rest of the range. You get stuff like unique grille, 18-inch alloys, dual exhausts as well as new colors.

Same applies for the interior where small detailing has makes it a better place than normal models and also helps with the whole sporty feel of the Sportage Turbo. This model exclusively gets the Orange and Blue interior color packages.

Amongst all the SUVs currently on the market, Kia Sportage Sx Turbo offers the best overall value. More details on the car in the press release below:

On the heels of its 2011 International Truck of the Year recognition by ICOTY jurors, Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the launch of the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage SX compact CUV, scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms later this month. As part of Kia’s design-led transformation, the Kia Sportage has become a strong player within the Kia line-up, offering power and class-leading fuel economy. SX models take a solid foundation and up the ante with a more powerful four-cylinder turbo engine, exterior styling enhancements and unique interior options. 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 Kia Sportage SX joins the 2011 Optima Turbo as Kia’s second vehicle in the U.S to feature the powerful Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine and adds unique exterior and interior features and luxury appointments to provide consumers a high performance and high value CUV. In combination with a highly efficient six-speed automatic transmission, the new Kia Sportage SX features up to 256 horsepower while maintaining class-leading fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon on the highway, better than any other turbo-equipped compact CUV on the market today. In addition to powertrain enhancements, the Kia Sportage SX employs sport-tuned suspension featuring firmer shock and strut rates for improved handling and dynamic performance over non-SX models.

“Sportage offers an ideal mix of performance, fuel efficiency and utility for the discriminating compact CUV buyer,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “With the addition of a more powerful Turbo GDI engine, unique interior appointments and improved performance, the Kia Sportage SX makes an already appealing CUV even more fun to drive.”

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. Available exclusively on the Sportage SX, Orange and Blue interior color packages offer more interior color choices for potential buyers. 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.

More Powerful, Fuel-Efficient SX Engine

Kia Motors’ Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine delivers significant performance with a powerful inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces up to 256 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of peak torque. The Kia Sportage SX turbo utilizes a twin-scroll design which offers improved combustion efficiency, more available low-end power, and reduced turbo-lag as compared to more traditional single-scroll turbo systems.

The twin-scroll design features two valve-operated exhaust gas inlets responsible for feeding exhaust flow through separate paths into the turbine. Utilizing a divided manifold, exhaust gasses from separate cylinders travel more efficiently into the turbocharger’s turbine, avoiding possible interference. The result is a system that improves efficiency and pressure distribution, lowers exhaust and cylinder temperatures, and prevents loss of exhaust energy. The quantity of the air entering each cylinder is increased, resulting in more power.

Kia Sportage LX and EX trims come standard with a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), offering more power (up to 176 hp) and better fuel economy (22/31 city/highway) than the previous 2.7-liter V6 engine.

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