2017 Kia Sportage – Release Date, News and Rumors

Debuting this year is the newest 2017 Kia Sportage model. The vehicle was showcased at the auto show in Frankfurt and audience were able to get a first glimpse of the car which is going to get is release date the following year. The car enters into its fourth generation model which brings us a redesigned exterior and an interior with various updates. We also get a new engine option as well as some high-tech technological features on the inside.

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, side view, alloy wheels

The Sportage can be best described as being a jack-of-all-trades type of a car, as is any crossover model in fact. It gives us a combination of fuel efficiency, great performance, immense practicality and a refined unique package in a single car like this.

2017 Kia Sportage spy shots, rear view

The Kia Sportage has become a cornerstone of the brand’s lineup, which is great to think about as the model was introduced in the early 90s for the first time. The growing popularity of each model helped the car become even greater and more known in the automobile circles. The car is not going to release a new model this time and will only add an update which is perhaps going to be a chance for the competition to take matters into their own hand and do something about it.

2017 Kia Sportage auto show, red color, front view, grille

Kia Sportage 2017 is not taking chances with a new generation vehicle for now so we hope that this model is going to bring the best out of the car and resolve some issues that the previous one used to have. Keep reading the review so you see what the car has been hoping to achieve.

Exterior

2017 Kia Sportage front angle, headlights and grille

This is going to be an evolution rather than a revolution of the fourth generation 2017 Kia Sportage model in terms of its exterior design. It is actually very easy to tell the new and the current model apart as the “tiger-nose” grille, which is the most prominent part of the car, has been separated from the headlights. Its positioning is lower and wider and provides better engine cooling. The headlights are borrowed form the Kia KX3 concept model that was made a few years ago. They are moved higher and a little bit stretched than before and also come with a “Dynamic Bending” feature.

2017 Kia Sportage rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

The side of the car sees some slightly beefed up wheel arches, the liens and the creases have sharper angels while the roof falls to the back at a more gradual incline. But the rear of the car has the most change. It has several horizontal lines that are added which emphasize the width of the car now. The rear spoiler is longer and extends the roofline and there is also a slender taillights design this time as well. There is an additional dividing crease that splits the hatch and the turn signals are positioned lower beneath the bumper.  The car also has a wheel choice between 16-inches, 17-inches, and an impressive 19-inches.

Interior

2017 Kia Sportage interior, dashboard, lcd screen

Kia has announced that the most significant changes have happened on the inside of the 2017 Kia Sportage. The dashboard has been redesigned with many new horizontal lines which gives us a sense of greater width. The interface is driver-oriented while all the buttons and switches of the car are angled a bit towards the driver. The gauges are placed astride the central  information display and the speedometer has not been used this time.

2017 Kia Sportage interior, leather back seats

There are some new color schemes that are offered this time, the  single-tone black, Dark and Light Grey two-tone, and Black and Canyon Beige two-tone. The console is finished in a standard black trim while the sunroof has been extended to a total of 19.3-inches total.

2017 Kia Sportage trunk

Infotainment is provided by a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen which is placed in the dash. Using this you can access the Kia’s Connected Services and satellite navigation and TomTom providing stuff like real-time traffic updates.  All in all, the Kia Sportage 2017 is going to be very useful car and we cannot wait for the release date to see all the changes in person.

Engine specs

There are a few engine options when it comes to the performance of the 2017 Kia Sportage model. The top of the line option is the 1.6-liter T-GDI direct injection engine. This one is called the Gama unit and is the model found inside the GT and pro_cee’d GT models. Its peak output is measured at 75 horsepower, with torque rated at 195 pound-feet between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm.

2017 Kia Sportage engine

As this is the only new engine option, other ones are going to be carried over from the third-generation one. This means the 1.6-liter GDI, producing 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, 1.7-liter CRDi diesel, producing 113 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque and  2.0-liter “R” diesel, which can make 134 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, or 181 horsepower and a whopping 295 pound-feet of torque.

Available trims

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, front view, headlights and grille

The Kia Sportage 2017 comes in several trim options this year as well and you will be able to get the LX, EX, and SX Turbo models, respectively.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 105.1in
Length: 176.4 in
Width: 73.0 in
Passenger volume: 98-102 cu ft
Cargo volume: 31 cu ft
Curb weight: 3596 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 22/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Cherry, Bright Silver, Clear White, Mineral Silver, Twilight Blue…
Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs

Release date and price

2017 Kia Sportage release date

The car is already known and has been seen at the Frankfurt auto show, but the 2017 Kia Sprotage is going to take a while in order to reach the market. The vehicle is being released next year with its release date set at February. The starting price for the car comes at $22,990 for the FWD LX model while the highest is the upper trim Sportage SX Turbo priced at $32,500 as base MSRP. Other chicories in the segment come down to the 2017 Ford Escape and Hyundai Tuscon.

Gallery – photos

 2017 Kia Sportage side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage front view, exterior, alloy wheels and grille

2017 Kia Sportage side view, taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage rear view, red color, taillights

2017 Kia Sportage front view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, side angle, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, rear view, tailpipe

2017 Kia Sportage front view, white color, heaadlights and grille

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

2017 Kia Sportage interior, steering wheel

2017 Kia Sportage interior, leather front seats

2017 Kia Sportage interior, gear shift knob

2017 Kia Cadenza Release Date, News & Info

The new 2017 Kia Cadenza benefits from the excellent ergonomics and simple exterior and interior design changes. Its interior appointments exceed the expectation for a conventional sedan, though some buttons and switches fall short of what we’d usually call upscale. The Uvo infotainment display, for instance, is noteworthy for its sharp graphics and its ease of use. Its release date although controversial, should be expect in the middle of 2017.

2017 Kia Cadenza front angle, headlights and grille

Buyers will find the seats sufficiently padded and spacious enough for any long distance journey. Wind noise which usually a concern particularly for long trips is at minimum. 6-footers may find the comfort compromised as the limited and Premium trims offer a standard panoramic sunroof.

2017 Kia Cadenza exterior, alloy wheels and taillights

In terms of the cargo volume, with the Cadenza boasting of about 15.9 cubic ft., it comes short relative to its competition which offers anything above 17.5 cubic ft. Otherwise, the Cadenza is a well-rounded vehicle that offers generous standard features such as the Uvo infotainment system, a long warranty coverage, upscale interior, and a potent V6 engine.

2017 Kia Cadenza front view, grille and headlights

Its chief competitors in the segment include the 2017 Toyota Avalon, which also happens to be our favorite in the segment. The Avalon delivers in almost every facet of its construction, be it interior quality, athleticism or better fuel economy ratings. Others you might intriguing include the 2017 Chrysler 300, the 2017 Hyundai Azera, and to some extent the 2017 Chevy’s Impala.

2017 Kia Cadenza rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Trims Available & Kia Cadenza

The large sedan is offered in three trims: Base, Premium, and Limited trims.

Interior Review & Exterior Colors – 2017 Kia Cadenza

Some of the standard features available for the Base model includes a rearview camera, an auto-diming rearview mirror, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, a universal garage door opener, heated mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen controller, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone and audio control, an eight-speaker sound system, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, Kia’s Uvo voice command system, a power adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), leather upholstery, full power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, foglights, auto-levelling headlights, a navigation system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and cruise control.

2017 Kia Cadenza steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard and gear shift knob

Opting for the premium trim gets you a steering wheel, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, wood trim, puddle lamps, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, and paddle shifters.

Standalone options available for the Premium trim include an upgraded leather upholstery, extendable seat cushion, rear-cross traffic alert, a power rear sunshade, 19-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, heated outboard rear seats, a heated power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 7-inch virtual gauge cluster display, adaptive HID headlights, driver seat memory settings, lane-departure warning system, a first aid kit, a power rear sunshade, a blind-spot monitor, and ventilated front seats.

2017 Kia Cadenza interior, leather seats

The Limited trim, at the top of the food chain, bundles dual USB ports, LED foglights, a surround-view camera system, chrome trim accents, a unique grille, LED interior lighting, and additional wood accents.

2017 Kia Cadenza white color, exterior, alloy wheels

Exterior colors to expect include Silky Silver Metallic, Aurora Black Pearl, and Snow White pearl.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 112 in
Length: 195.7 in
Width: 72.8 in
Passenger volume: 106.8 ft³
Cargo volume: 15.9 ft³
Curb weight: 3670 lbs
Top Speed: 154 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 19/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Snow White Pearl…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine Specs – 2017 Kia Cadenza

Under the hood of the 2017 Kia Cadenza is a 3.3L V6 engine. The output – 293 hp and 255 pounds-feet of torque is transferred to the front wheels via the six-speed manual shift control system.

Various preliminary tests have shown the 2017 Kia Cadenza only requires 6.5 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph.

2017 Kia Cadenza engine

As for the EPA ratings, buyers should expect the Cadenza to return about 22 mpg/combined.

Safety features install for you include rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning system, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, hill-hold assist, surround-view camera, rear-cross traffic alert, traction and stability control, full length side curtain airbags, and blind-spot monitor.

2017 Kia Cadenza engine view

In overall, the ride quality is pleasant but you might occasionally experience a slight delay between quick inputs. Selecting gears during acceleration is quite smooth. Initially the braking can be a bit abrupt, but afterwards become predictable. Although it places a few demands on users just like any other sedan, the Cadenza meets our expectations in terms of luxury and dynamics.

2017 Kia Cadenza Release Date & Price

Buyers should expect its release date in the middle of 2017. As for its price, a window sticker of about $32,990 is what you should expect once it becomes available in showrooms. Every buyer also gets to have an owners-manual and a downloadable brochure.

Photos – Gallery

2017 Kia Cadenza side angle, alloy wheels

2017 Kia Cadenza exterior, white color

2017 Kia Cadenza trunk

2017 Kia Cadenza alloy wheel

2017 Kia Sorento Release Date, News & Info

2017 Kia Sorento Release Date, Price, Specs – Entering the new model year is the 2017 Kia Sorento vehicle which was recently announced. Coming to us with a longer wheelbase, the new car will have various updates that are going to be visible both on the inside and outside of the car.

2017 Kia Sorento side view, white color, exterior, headlights and alloy wheels

The new look of the Sorento vehicle is going to adopt some finer lines than it used to have before. The vehicle is also going to be wider in its dimensions and is going to be positioned lower. The car is going to have a modern look thanks to these changes and is also going to have more hauling ability than the preceding vehicle. The interior also goes one step beyond in the luxury department but it is more apparent in the higher trims than it is in the base model.

2017 Kia Sorento side view, alloy wheels

The Kia Sorento vehicle was launched in 2002 for the first time and went on sale in the US in the same year. The first generation of Sorento vehicles was a traditional body on frame SUV which also had some off-road properties and an all-wheel drive system. The second-gen Sorento was introduced in 2009 when the car was completely changed and redesigned. It had a car-based platform and was more of a crossover vehicle than anything else. Some changes were made for the 2010 model, with an improved powertrain and a makeover in 2013.

2017 Kia Sorento rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

The 2013 was initially viewed as a third-gen Sorento vehicle but this verdict was later overthrown and changed to it only receiving a minor facelift. So it is going to be up to the 2017 model to introduce us to the next generation of Sorento cars. Read all about it in this review and also see the pictures released from the first showcasing of the car.

2017 Kia Sorento side angle, black color

2017 Kia Sorento engine news

The newest 2017 Kia Sorento is going to be offered in three engine variants. The newest option that is going to be available for the US market is the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, inline-four  engine which has the ability to make 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This is going to be the mid-range engine offer that you can choose for your latest Sorento. The base version is still going to be the  2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with the naturally aspired power of 185 horses and 178 pound-feet of torque.

2016 Sorento
2016 Sorento

The strongest powertrain and also the one used for the upper trim level Sorento vehicles is the  3.3-liter V-6 engine with the power of 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque  and a towing rate of  5,000 pounds. All of the mentioned engines are used with a  six-speed automatic transmission which has  Kia’s Sportmatic shifting.

Exterior update

2017 Kia Sorento front view, auto show, headlights and grille

The initial changes for the 2017 Kia Sorento is that the car is going to get bigger. The dimensions are going to change and we will get a longer and lower car. The outside is going to be updated in the mater where it will catch up with the interior which has almost been a more formidable part of the Sorento cars. Let’s get one thing clear, the Sorento was never an ugly car, but always lacked something that would give it more appeal and something that will push it further in this segment.

2017 Kia Sorento side view, exterior, alloy wheels

The primarily changes are the longer wheelbase of the car and some softer lines which the vehicle is being updated with. This makes the SUV gain a more mature and an upright appearance with the newts characteristics it has been given. Kia is actually calling their changes as evolutionary from the old style of the car but they are every bit as revolutionary than you may think. It retains the basic hood design from the previous one but adds with a new grille and some less abrasive angles. The headlights meet the grille and the chrome 3D inserts are borrowed from the  K900.

2017 Kia Sorento side angle,black color, alloy wheels

Looking the vehicle from the side, you can determine how larger it has gotten. The greenhouse is the same but the D-pillars are much thicker now. The back overhangs is larger which also shows us that there is more cargo room at the back side. The wheel wells are more arched and look more classy like that. The back side of the car has new taillights and a less angular flow to its design. The vertical reflectors have also been substituted with some horizontal and more traditional ones.

2017 Kia Sorento interior news

2017 Kia Sorento steeringwheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

The 2017 Kia Sorento goes one step beyond in the luxury department when it comes to the inside of the car. There is a whole world of updated premium materials added and some new modern features as well. The premium materials can now be seen on the dash, door panels and the center console,  where we can also see an updated layout with better ergonomics. The hard plastic additions are gone and the cabin is more driver orientated making it a much better setting to be in.

2017 Kia Sorento interior, lcd screen

The second and the third row of seats are going to add some more comfort with both receiving 0.5 inches of legroom. The cargo bay has also been expanded and improved and comes with a 1.5 cubic-feet for a total of 74 cubic-feet. There is a number of optional equipment added and options that the customers can choose. They include heating and ventilation for the front seats and ventilation for the back seats. You can get the  14-way power driver seats and  eight-way power passenger seats as well.

2017 Kia Sorento trunk

Specifications

Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 74.4 in
Passenger volume: 154 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 3704 lbs
Top Speed: N/A mph
0-60: 7,2 sec
MPG: 21/30 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Sparkling Silver, Titanium Silver…
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs

Price and release date

The new 2017 Kia Sorento comes available for sale in the first quarter of next year. The vehicle’s release date is set for the beginning of the year and the sales will start shortly after that. Currently the car is rated to a price of $24,100 as base MSRP.

The competition is also shaping very nicely and will include the new 2017 Ford Explorer and additionally the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Durango car.

Photo gallery

2017 Kia Sorento front angle, headlighs and grille

All-new 2016 Sorento 3.3-liter V6 SXL

2017 Kia Sorento rear view, tailpipe

All-new 2016 Sorento 3.3-liter V6 SXL

2017 Kia Sorento rear angle, taillights and tailpipe