KIA Sportage loses all-wheel drive

KIA Sportage loses all-wheel drive

June 3, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Kia is redefining the Sportage line, which means that certain combinations of engine and transmission will have to disappear.

In the middle of last year, the South Korean brand introduced a version in Europe in which a 177-horsepower 1.6 T-GDI with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission was available without all-wheel drive. This made this package cheaper by several thousand euros. Now KIA completely excludes the all-wheel drive option from the price list, which means that the Sportage will now always be front-wheel drive in all directions.

So, 1.6 T-GDI with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive has become about 4,500 euros cheaper than before. In the performance of DynamicLine Sportage now costs from 37,895 euros. DynamicPlusLine, GT-Line and GT-PlusLine change the minimum prices by 39 895 euros, 42 895 euros and 45 895 euros, respectively.

Another change: KIA stops delivering a 177-horsepower 1.6 T-GDI with a 6-speed manual gearbox. This version with front-wheel drive is no longer included in the Sportage price list, but the base engine remains the 1.6 GDi engine with 132 hp, always connected to a manual gearbox. This option is available only for ComfortLine and DynamicLine trim levels, which now cost 33,395 euros and 35,395 euros.

As for the diesel versions, buyers can choose the 1.6 CRDi with 136 hp. with soft hybrid technology. According to autoweek.nl, with a manual transmission – for example, DynamicLine is priced from 36,895 euros, while on a “machine” it will cost from 38,895 euros.