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Sportage Shows Kia’s Styling Growth

Small sport ute is beautifully designed, but please, fix the ride.

by on Feb.10, 2011

Kia's new Sportage continues the automaker's recent trend toward building stylish vehicles.

For the better part of two decades Kia has made progressively better cars, but the design and styling still lagged.

The designs were often boring (previous generation Sportage) and sometimes strangely ornate (Amanti).

Not many people looked at a Kia, any Kia, and said “Wow, I want to drive that.”

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That is changing rapidly. The latest Optima is a smartly styled mid-size sedan. The Soul is a funky little box, the type of shape that hipsters love. And now, Kia has an swoopy new Sportage small crossover.

Kia says the new Sportage design takes its – sorry about this – cue from the Kue concept that was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Well, OK. That sleek two-door concept did have a high beltline and a low roof, much like the new Sportage, but after that, they don’t have all that much in common.
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First Look: 2011 Kia Sportage

Debut planned for March Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.03, 2010

A sneak peek of the Euro-spec 2011 Kia Sportage, which debuts in Geneva, next month.

My, how time flies when you’re working the auto show circuit.  With the L.A. and Detroit events now past tense, we’re getting our reservations ready for Chicago, which stages its press preview next week.  But the folks at Kia are looking even further ahead and have just tipped us off to the launch of the 2011 Kia Sportage, planned for the Geneva Motor Show, in March.

Like its bigger Korean sibling, Hyundai, Kia is trying to shift styling directions.  Gone are the boxy derivative shapes of the past, it promises, touting the look of the 2011 Sportage as “embodying Kia’s newfound visual dynamism.”

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That translates into a more wagon-like crossover, with a sweeping roof line, bold grille and over-sized fog lamp surrounds, among other details.  The 2011 Kia Sportage is longer, lower and wider than the previous model, with more interior passenger and cargo space, as well.

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