Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced the launch of the all-new 2011 Sportage SX compact CUV, scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms later this month.
As part of Kia’s design-led transformation, the Sportage has become a strong player within the Kia line-up, offering power and class-leading fuel economy, says the company.
It further says SX models take a solid foundation and up the ante with a more powerful four-cylinder turbo engine, exterior styling enhancements and interior options.[ Also Read: Lexus Campaign to Launch the All-New CT ]
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 joins the 2011 Optima Turbo as Kia’s second vehicle in the U.S. to feature the Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine. The new Sportage SX features up to 256 horsepower while maintaining fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon on the highway.[ Also Read: Toyota Prefers Prii as the Plural of Prius ]
In addition to powertrain enhancements, the 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 Sportage SX makes an already appealing CUV even more fun to drive.”
Kia’s model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.