Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding ultra-mild 48-volt hybrid systems to their engines. The system works like other systems in that it has a combination starter and generator connected to the engine crank via a belt. It allows the engine to be shut off earlier than simply at a stop, and provides a bit of electrical assistance to reduce how much the engine has to work on takeoff.
Kia Sportage News
Kia does a lot of development in Germany, so the numberplates are no surprise.
Lots of power in small packages.
The issue affects a wide variety of models.
We look back at some odd badge-engineered cars shared by various brands over the years, discuss what we've been driving, and spend your money.
Kia looks perfectly positioned to capitalize on the booming crossover trend with the 2017 Sportage, which is larger and more efficient than ever before.
Spy shooters catch the next-generation Kia Sportage testing in Europe and get a shot of its interior, and now we get better proof of the similarities it will share with Kia's KX3 Concept.
When Kia introduced the updated 2014 Sportage back in September, one of the biggest things that stood out to us was that the base model was dropped. Not only did this mean the Sportage would no longer be offered with a manual gearbox, but we also expected a price increase to follow. We were right.
The third-generation Sportage has been around for a few years now, but Kia is making some minor changes to its compact crossover for 2014. As expected with a small, mid-cycle refresh, there isn't anything too major to report here, but the important news for the 2014 Sportage involves what's behind that modestly updated fascia.