Kia Motors Australia has revealed engine and gearbox upgrades for its 2014 Kia Sportage, and announced a new Si Premium model.

KIA SAYS THE NEW Si Premium Sportage will sit at the top of the 2WD range of the 2014 Kia Sportage and be fitted, as standard, with a six-speed automatic gearbox, 17-inch alloys, automatic headlamps, roof rails, reversing camera, leather and cloth trim seats, outside mirror mounted indicators, LED running lights and driver lumbar support. It lists for: $29,990 (+ORC).

The 2014 Sportage range sees Kia use its 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI engine, while all-wheel drive models will continue to use the 2.0-litre four0-cylinder turbo-diesel R-Series engine. The entry-level Si will also gain Kia’s in-house 6-speed manual, replacing the 5-speed in the superseded model.

The 2014 Sportage also receives minor styling tweaks to the inside and outside. The 2014 Sportage gets a new front grille, new LED tail-light clusters, a new range of alloy wheels with a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch diameter, and a shark-fin roof antenna. Inside, there’s a greater use of soft-touch plastics across the dashboard and the upper door panels, a new Supervision instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch LCD display screen and power driver’s seat.

The standard equipment list of the outgoing model continues with an across-the-range safety suite of six airbags, stability control with traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Hill-start assist and downhill brake control are also standard along with disc brakes and active front head restraints. There’s also standard Bluetooth with phone and media streaming, cruise control, power windows, tinted glass, projection headlamps with cornering lamps, driver’s seat height adjustment, trip computer, keyless entry and rain-sensing wipers.

Over the outgoing model, the Si gains a new style 16-inch alloy wheel with a full-size alloy spare, a new grille design with chrome horizontal bar, rear parking sensors, trailer stability control on the automatic, front console storage box and increased soft-touch trim.

For the SLi, the additional equipment over the Si Premium includes the active AWD system, an ECO setting on the diesel model, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, a high-quality 7-speaker Infinity sound system with added sub-woofer, front parking sensors with dash display, a 4.2-inch colour TFT supervision cluster and a shark fin antenna.

At the top of the range the Platinum scores 18-inch wheels, smart key and push button start, driver’s power seat, leather trim seats, privacy glass, HID headlamps with washers and heated seats front and rear.

Pricing for the 2014 Sportage

Si 2WD manual with 2.0 GDi $25,990 (+ORC)

Si 2WD automatic 2.0 GDi $28,190 (+ORC)

Si Premium 2WD automatic 2.0 GDi $29,990 (+ORC)

SLi AWD automatic 2.0 GDi $34,790 (+ORC)

SLi AWD automatic 2.0 CRDi $37,790 (+ORC)

Platinum AWD automatic 2.0 GDi $38,390 (+ORC)

Platinum AWD automatic 2.0 CRDi $41,390 (+ORC)


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