New 2017 Kia Sportage Release Date and Info

2017 Kia Sportage review

Often times, it’s hard to find style and versatility bundled together. The 2017 Kia Sportage however delivers on both counts. Furthermore, it comes with an impressive feature set that includes a smooth ride quality, nimble-feel around turns, an attractive dashboard layout, and a voluminous passenger and cargo space. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, side view, alloy wheels

The new 2017 Kia Sportage was unveiled during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show by Kia Motors America. It enters its fourth generation in style by offering an all-rounded approach defined by the aforementioned features plus advanced driver assistance technologies, stiffer body structure, contemporary design, enhanced steering and suspension, and an available intelligent AWD system. As if that’s not enough, the 2017 Sportage still comes with a world-class craftsmanship, and premium materials.

This is what vice president, product planning KMA, Orth Hedrick, had to say, “The new Sportage perfectly balances thoughtful design and functionalities with a European and sporty styling thereby making it a stand out in its class. Instead of bland utility, the new model blends features such as a turbocharged engine, premium materials, and a design to kill for.”

2017 Kia Sportage rear view, white color, taillights and badges

The 2017 Sportage interior is feature laden and features an impressive level of craftsmanship. It is spacious, luxurious, and is offered with plenty of technologies for connectivity, convenience, and infotainment. The exterior also gains some much-needed changes. For one, the dimensions have increased over the existing model. To wit, the length has increased to 176.4 inches, and the wheelbase to 105.1 inches. The width and height however remain unchanged.

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2017 Kia Sportage spy shots

What about the performance updates – you ask! Well, updates to the drivetrain have brought about enhanced performance and efficiency. Two engines are offered: a 2.4L four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. The 2.4L mill is equipped under the hoods of the 2017 Sportage LX and EX and produces 181 horsepower and 175 lbs. ft. of torque, while the turbo is offered for the top-of-the-line 2017 Sportage SX Turbo and offers 240 horsepower.

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, overhead view

If there’s one thing that still holds back the Sportage is its so-so fuel economy ratings. See, with a competition that includes all-rounded rivals such as the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Kia Sportage finds itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to fuel efficiency. Matters are also compounded by its meagre cargo capacity limited to just 60.1 cu. ft. compared to RAV4’s and CRV’s 73.3 cu. ft. and 70.9 cu. ft. respectively. But for someone who can live with those shortcomings, there’re bountiful of other things to love about the 2017 Kia Sportage.

Rivals include the 2017 Rav4, 2017 Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and the 2016 Mazda CX-5. And having read what the Sportage offers, the least you could do is to take it for a test drive – at least to get a feel of what you’ll be missing out on if you decide to get one of its rivals instead.

2017 Kia Sportage Release Date & Price

2017 Kia Sportage release date

While sources are split on when its release date will take place – our best guess is early 2017 – its pricing info has already been announced. Here’re the MSRP details: 2017 Kia Sportage SX – $34,000, Sportage LX – $22,990, and the Sportage EX – $27,000.

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2017 Kia Sportage Exterior

2017 Kia Sportage front angle, headlights and grille

Although changes are everywhere, the most distinct ones are available up front. The hallmark “tiger-nose” grille detailing resides vertically in the front fascia, the hood is sharply detailed, and the headlights are positioned higher than before. The engine cooling has been enhanced by the enlarged lower front clip.

2017 Kia Sportage rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

As previously mentioned, the wheelbase and the length dimensions have been stretched a bit over the existing models. And even despite the enlarged dimensions, the Sportage still remains instantly recognizable.

Exterior colors remain unchanged over the existing model.

2017 Kia Sportage Interior

2017 Kia Sportage interior, steering wheel and gear shift knob

Standard accessories to expect include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a five-inch touchscreen display. In depth detailing of the interior spec sheet will be available on its release date.

2017 Kia Sportage interior, front and back leather seats

Available Trims

Three trims are available: Sportage LX, Sportage EX, and Sportage SX Turbo.

Engine Specs

2017 Kia Sportage engine

Motivation is offered by a 181 horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder; and a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. A front-wheel drive system and a six-speed automatic transmission system are offered by default, while the AWD is available as an option. Fuel economy ratings as provided by the EPA for the Sportage LX stands at 26 mpg for combined city/highway cruising.


2017 Kia Sportage exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

Wheelbase: 105.1in
Length: 14 ft. 8.4 in. (176.4 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 98 ft³
Cargo volume: 31 ft³
Curb weight: 3596 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 6.9 sec
MPG: 22/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Clear White, Black Cherry, Mineral Silver, Sparkling Silver, Burnished Copper, Hyper Red, Black Cherry, Pacific Blue…
Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs

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2017 Kia Sportage safety, airbags

Enabling top-notch safety for the Kia Sportage 2017 are a myriad of safety features that include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Bi-HID headlights, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Crash Impact assessment by the IIHS and the NHTSA is ongoing.

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2017 Kia Sportage exterior, blue color, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Kia Sportage rear view,red color, taillights, badges and alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, orange color, headlights and grille

2017 Kia Sportage front view, black color, headlights and grille

2017 Kia Sportage side angle, alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Kia Sportage trunk and cargo space

2017 Kia Sportage interior, dashboard and lcd screen

2017 Kia Sportage interior, leather front seats