New 2018 Kia Sportage tweaks include new mild hybrid system

Published: 24 May 2018

► 2018 Kia Sportage SUV
► Refresh inside and out
► Plus new mild hybrid system

Kia has announced its updated Sportage SUV, which will arrive later in 2018.

The biggest headline is the introduction of a new mild hybrid powertrain dubbed EcoDynamics+ that comprises a 2.0-litre diesel coupled to a 48v battery and starter generator. Kia says the new system will reduce CO2, allow the engine to be off for longer and gives the engine a gentle boost.

Along with the new MHEV option, the 1.7 CRDi of old has been swapped for a new 1.6-litre diesel first seen in the new Ceed hatch and available with either 113 or 134bhp, with the punchier one available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box.

The exterior tweaks are minor, with Kia muddling around with the front and rear bumpers, penning some new alloy wheel designs and adding five new colours to the trim line-up. GT-Line spec (pictured) runs on 19s and comes with exhaust-like trimmings in the rear bumper and Kia’s perennial ice cube fog lights.

Kia Sportage 2018 interior

There’s a new steering wheel, tweaked instrument cluster and fresh upholstery choices inside. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is equipped, and buyers can opt for an eight-inch ‘frameless’ one at extra cost.

Kia’s updated Sportage is expected to go on sale in autumn 2018; prices and full specs will be revealed later in the year.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches