Sportage SX provides debut of 2.0L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
producing power of a V6, while achieving outstanding fuel economy of a
Starting at $36,995, the 2011 Kia Sportage SX exudes value for Canadians
2011 Sportage will offer UVO infotainment technology powered by
Sportage offers standard technological and safety features expected on
vehicles priced much higher
MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - The all-new, completely redesigned 2011
Sportage lineup will be extended in late winter at Canadian dealer
showrooms with the arrival of the all-new SX trim that features the
all-new 2.0L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) producing the power
of a V6, while achieving the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine.
Starting at $36,995, the Sportage SX also offers additional standard
equipment and design that distinguishes the Sportage even further from
any other vehicle in the segment or on the road.
The all new Sportage SX showcases Kia's remarkable styling, and offers
enhanced driving performance, as well as an upscale and contemporary
interior with an impressive array of standard technological features.
"The addition of the SX package to the all-new 2011 Sportage further
enhances our positive momentum on the vehicle while introducing a whole
new dimension to both design and power including exception fuel
economy", said Robert Staffieri, Marketing Director of Kia Canada Inc.
"The Sportage SX completes our powertrain offering for Canadians and
the 2.0L Turbo GDI provides a high level of world-class technology. The
Sportage is the first vehicle in Canada to debut this all-new flagship
Incorporating many of the key styling elements of the Kue concept, the
Sportage proudly displays Kia's new signature design language, with
dramatic swept back headlamps, signature family grille, and distinctive
lower fascia treatment. The dynamically shaped hood, framed by a
distinctive windshield design, adds to its bold flair.
The 2011 Sportage SX will offer the all-new 2.0L Turbo GDI engine which
is a win / win / win technology that enhances power and fuel efficiency
while at the same time reducing emissions. This is accomplished by
injecting highly pressurized fuel directly into the cylinder (instead
of intake tract) where a more complete combustion occurs resulting in
the aforementioned benefits. A Twin-Scroll Turbocharger & Intercooler
Turbocharging the 2.0L-T GDI greatly enhances power by forcing more air
into the engine than would normally be possible. An intercooler cools
the air for a denser, oxygen rich intake charge which results in even
more power. The advanced 'Twin Scroll' turbo design greatly reduces
turbo spool-up lag time and achieves a desirable early and flat torque
curve (peak torque enters and maintains between 1850-3000rpm). The
introduction of the 2.0L Turbo GDI engine to the Kia lineup is
extremely exciting and is intended to showcase Kia's dedication to
developing and utilizing state-of-the-art technology in Kia's
design-led vehicle evolution. Technology such as GDI and Turbo allow
Kia to design vehicles that achieve top tier performance, produce fewer
emissions and opens the door to extraordinary fuel economy numbers.
These powertrains will be the staple to designing future vehicles that
utilize this combination of impressive technology.
The Sportage SX will be coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission
engineered and manufactured by Kia Motors which is one of the most
compact and fuel efficient transmissions in the market today. This
transmission boasts fully variable hydraulic line pressure control
(improves fuel economy) and adaptive learning which actually 'learns'
the driving style of the driver and custom tailors the shift points. In
terms of durability, the new 6-speed automatic transmission adapts to
normal internal wear by adjusting hydraulic pressure to maintain that
'like new' shift feeling throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. Also
added is a new feature called 'Neutral Control (NC)' that effectively
shifts the transmission into Neutral while stuck in traffic (in 'D
range' and with brakes applied >2 seconds) that improves fuel economy.
'Neutral Control (NC)' works in conjunction with another feature called
'Hill Assist Control (HAC)' that prevents any rollback.
SX Standard Features
Building on the standard features found on the EX Luxury including Smart
Key Push Button Start, Panoramic Sunroof, 18" Alloy wheels, Driver
Ventilated Seat, UVO Infotainment System powered by Microsoft®, Premium
Sound (7 speakers), Rear Spoiler, Deluxe Door Scuff, SX Leather Seating
and Auto Dimming Mirror with Homelink.
UVO Infotainment System powered by Microsoft®
The 2011 Sportage SX will also include as a standard feature the UVO or
"Your Voice" for short, infotainment system. UVO is an innovative and
intelligent in-car communications and entertainment system that will
also be available in select Kia vehicles starting this spring. UVO
provides consumer friendly voice and touch-activated experiences for
simple management of music files and hands-free mobile phone operation.
Co-developed with Microsoft® and based on Windows Embedded Auto
software, UVO is an easy-to-use, hands-free solution that allows
drivers and passengers to answer and place phone calls, receive and
respond to SMS text messages, access music from a variety of media
sources and create custom music experiences.
Entire Sportage Trim Grades & Powertrains
The 2011 Sportage is offered in three trim grades: LX, EX and SX. The
LX and EX trims are powered by the venerable 'Theta II Engine', a 176
horsepower, 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine, delivering
more horsepower than the previous 2.0L I4 and 2.7-liter V6 engines. The
Sportage offers either a 6-speed manual transmission (base) or a full
featured 6-speed automatic transmission (all trims other than base).
Fuel economy improvements of up to 12% highway and 21% city have been
achieved depending on equipment levels on the 2011 Sportage with the 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder
engine versus the outgoing model. Fuel economy numbers for the 2011
Sportage 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine are as follows:
2011 MY Sportage
I-4 FWD MT
I-4 FWD AT
I-4 AWD AT
LX models come standard with an extensive list of convenience features
including air conditioning, power windows, heated front seats, cruise
control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver's
seat and keyless entry. Further increasing the level of refinement the
EX models receive a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob,
telescopic steering wheel, and power driver's seat with lumbar support.
Impressive technology features come standard on both trims, including
an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service1. Also standard on both trims are auxiliary and USB audio input jacks
for connecting with MP3 players and Bluetooth®2 wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls.
Like all Kia vehicles, the 2011 Sportage is equipped with a long list of
standard safety equipment. All trims come outfitted with driver and
passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side
curtain airbags, front active headrests, four-wheel Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) /w Traction Control
(TC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Hill Assist Control (HAC)
and Downhill Brake Control (DBC). The Sportage also features 'Roll
Over Prevention (ROP)' which is a passive system that helps prevent
rollover accidents related to speed. A new to Kia feature is 'Vehicle
Stability Management (VSM)' that passively monitors wheel traction,
steering angle and g-force to ensure the vehicle is driving in the
intended path, and if not, will assist the driver by mildly operating
the steering wheel in the appropriate direction (through electrical
The Sportage has also introduced motor driven power steering (MDPS) to
the Kia lineup resulting in improved fuel economy by using an electric
power steering motor instead of loading the engine with a hydraulic
power steering pump. This system is custom calibrated to the preferred
feel of a typical Canadian driver and is fully protected by multiple
The 2011 Sportage is covered by Kia's comprehensive warranty program
which offers unsurpassed consumer protection. Included in this program
are a 5 year/100,000 kilometer power train warranty, a 5 year/100,000
kilometer limited basic warranty and a 5 year unlimited kilometer
anti-perforation warranty. A 5-year/100,000 kilometer roadside
assistance plan also forms part of Kia's comprehensive vehicle
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a
subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999
and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the
Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 170 dealers nationwide.
Kia Canada Inc. employs 140 people in its Mississauga, Ontario
headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors
Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to
surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive
1Available in the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. Monthly
subscription sold separately after three trial months.
2 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.
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