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Geneva Motor Show: Kia reveals new Sportage

Kia’s new Sportage compact SUV will go sale in the summer and the Korean brand has revealed first details at the Geneva Motor Show today.Kia Sportage 2010

Longer, wider and lower than the previous model - the third generation Sportage will come with four engines - two petrol and two diesel, ranging between 113bhp 163bhp, - manual and automatic transmissions and two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Final decisions on the UK range are yet to be made but all the engine variants will be available and Kia Motors (UK), plans to take all the transmission and drive options.

For the new Sportage the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines available at launch will be joined by smaller capacity engines available with ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) technology and with CO2 emissions from 138 g/km.

The Sportage will also get an colour LCD rear-view camera integrated into the interior rear-view mirror as an option on all models.

The new model will be manufactured at Kia’s factory at Zilina, in Slovakia and buyers will be offered a choice up to 10 exterior colours and a black interior, trimmed in cloth, part-leather or full-leather that can be personalised with dark, light or orange accents.

Kia says the quality of the cabin has been “greatly improved” over the previous model. New features include xenon HID headlamps, LED running lights, keyless entry, engine start button, built-in sat-nav and full-length panoramic glass sunroof.

Kia’s latest compact SUV will also get the brand’s seven-year warranty in Europe.

The new Sportage range will begin to appear in showrooms across Europe during the summer.

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