Kia Sportage coming sooner than expected

* Sportage First Edition on sale from August 1 * Available with high specification in five colours * Full range will go on sale in November...

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What Car? Staff
07 July 2010

Kia Sportage coming sooner than expected

Kia has revealed that its new Sportage crossover will go on sale earlier than originally planned.

Although the bulk of the range including two-wheel drive, petrol and further diesel versions will arrive in November, a highly specified First Edition model will go on sale on August 1.

This four-wheel-drive model comes with a new 2.0-litre diesel engine that averages 47.1mpg and emits 156g/km of CO2, both of which are considerable improvements on the equivalent engine in the outgoing range.

Among the standard equipment will be leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. There will be a choice of five colours, as well as the option of a manual or automatic gearbox.

Full details on the new model, along with its price, will be announced later this month.