All-new Kia Sportage - the first edition

Kia has announced the prices and specs of the all-new Sportage range. The company are offering three models for late 2010 and early 2011 starting with a highly equipped 1.7D (115hp ) EX model at €27,800.

This model is B-rated for VRT and road tax and standard equipment includes 17” alloys, half leather trim, privacy glass, cruise control, voice activated Bluetooth, and a panoramic sunroof.

The GSE model at €29,995 adds full leather heated seats (front and rear ), xenon lights and climate control.

These 1.7 D models are due to arrive in Irish showrooms in December and will be preceded in mid-October by a limited edition launch model called the “First Edition”. It is a 2.0D ( 136 hp ) AWD (All Wheel Drive Model ) priced at €31,995 featuring 18” alloy wheels and an ECM rear view mirror with colour camera in its standard equipment .

All models feature active safety features including ESC (electronic stability control ), VSM vehicle stability management ), HAC (hillstart assist control ) which prevents roll-back when starting on an ascent, while DBC (downhill brake control ) limits speed to just 8 kph on a steep descents. Six airbags and active head restraints are also standard on the all-new Sportage.

Designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt and built in the company’s state-of-the art factory in Slovakia, the all-new Sportage is the latest model to come with Kia’s industry-leading seven year warranty as standard .

The current model has sold over 2,600 units in Ireland since its launch in 2005 and though the market dymanic in Ireland has changed, Kia Motors Ireland managing director James Brooks is confident of selling 600 all-new Sportage models in 2011.

Brooks says, “The design, engineering and economy of the new Sportage gives it an appeal to both our existing SUV/ Sportage customer base but also to potential customers looking to crossover (CUV ) vehicles. We think this car will particularly appeal to Qashqai or similar car owners seeking a change in 2011.”

For more information on the new KIA visit Tom Raftery Car Sales at Shannon Bridge Road, Ballinasloe, or call (090 ) 9642686, and at Monksland, Athlone, or call (090 ) 6490630.

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