It's been a year since the all-new Kia Sportage was launched in the global market. We've salivated over it since, and even more so when the Korean carmaker revealed one variant will be equipped with a turbocharged inline-four engine that "has the power of a V6 mill."
Kia did not include performance figures of the engine when it released a teaser last January but the carmaker has finally revealed the numbers along with the specifications of the turbocharged Sportage.
Called the Sportage SX, the compact crossover utility vehicle comes with a Theta II inline-four 2.0-liter turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection engine. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it puts out 256hp and 358Nm of torque to the front wheels while maintaining a class-leading fuel economy of 11.479 kilometers per liter on the highway, better than any other turbo-equipped compact CUV on the market today.
The Sportage SX uses a twin-scroll turbo design, which offers improved combustion efficiency, more available low-end power and reduced turbo lag unlike the more traditional single-scroll turbo systems.
Besides the enhancements to its powertrain, the Sportage SX has a sport-tuned suspension with firmer shock and strut rates to improve its handling and dynamic performance over non-SX models.
The Sportage SX also gets unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a signature SX grille, dual exhaust, and special side sill moldings for its exterior while the cabin also gets SX-specific interior appointments like the standard aluminum door sills and a sleek new supervision gauge cluster.
"The Sportage offers an ideal mix of performance, fuel efficiency and utility for the discriminating compact CUV buyer," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications of Kia Motors America. "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."