The Athletic and Attractive Sportage Continues to Excite CUV Buyers
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 – For 2015, the Kia Sportage continues to offer an impressive feature set, robust performance and modern styling. Recently recognized for the second consecutive year as the top-ranked small CUV in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (in a tie), the Sportage carries over from a year of updates, including notable exterior revisions and a variety of comfort and convenience enhancements. The Sportage is offered in three trim levels– LX, EX and SX– and offers two powertrains: a 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and a 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX).
Starting with the LX trim, the 2015 Sportage offers numerous standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels matched with 225/60R17 low-rolling-resistance silica tires, body-color door handles, Bluetooth®1 Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, solar glass, privacy glass, keyless entry with folding key and a six-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic™ automatic transmission. The popularly equipped EX trim offers stylish 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/55R18 tires, LED turn signals on the outside mirrors, high-performance dampers, roof rails, a rear spoiler, fog lamps and chrome body trim and door handles. The top-of-the-line Sportage SX adds a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine producing 260-horsepower, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust, sculpted side sill moldings, LED accent lighting along the headlamps for a sportier, more upscale appearance and a unique SX grille. For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic steering column is standard across all trims.
For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear vents and reclining outboard seats as well as an optional ventilated seat for the front passenger. Drivers of the EX trim are treated to the perks of standard heated front seats, Infinity®2 Premium Audio, and heated outside mirrors. The impressive Premium Package adds navigation with SiriusXM Traffic3, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push-button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
In terms of technology features, consumers will find that all trims of the 2015 Sportage offer Apple®4 USB compatibility. Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the UVO5 system utilizes the advanced eServices telematics suite enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone app6that provides drivers with an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilities7 and added convenience features. UVO is short for “Your Voice” and promotes driver convenience through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, which allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2015 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display8 and auto headlamp system.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA proudly serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States. Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
1 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. A compatible Bluetooth® enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology
2 Infinity® is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
3 Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.
4 Apple® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
5 Warning: Driving while distracted can result in a loss of vehicle control that may lead to an accident, severe personal injury and death.
6 No subscription fee for UVO eServices. No charge for the UVO eServices app. App uses your smartphone cellular data service. Normal cellular service rates will apply.
7 Vehicle Diagnostics do not take the place of regularly scheduled maintenance. Feature checks powertrain, chassis, and airbag systems only, and requires initial activation. For factory-recommended maintenance schedule, see the Maintenance Feature of UVO eServices or the Owner’s Manual.
8 The Rear-Camera Display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up. The Rear-Camera Display may not detect every object behind the vehicle.
** 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.
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