Kia Offers Sportage SX Turbo Crossover

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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