Kia Sportage Third generation
|Also called||Kia Sportage R (South Korea)|
|Assembly||Gwangju Plant, Gwangju, South Korea Žilina Plant, Žilina, Slovakia Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Body style||4-door Crossover|
|Engine||1.6 L I4 GDI petrol 2.0 L I4 petrol 164hp 2.0 L I4 GDI (turbo) 2.4 L I4 petrol 175hp 1.7 L I4 CRDi turbo diesel 2.0 L I4 CRDi turbo diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic 6-speed manual 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,640 mm (103.9 in)|
|Length||4,445 mm (175.0 in)|
|Width||1,855 mm (73.0 in)|
|Height||1,645 mm (64.8 in)|
The 2011 Kia Sportage was released in April 2010 to Asian and European markets, followed by North and Central American markets in August. Australian models were released in October 2010. It currently uses a 2.0L CRDi 136 and 184 hp (137 kW) Hyundai R diesel engine. The engine is the same one used in the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.
In China, the third generation, called the Sportage R, was released by Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia in October 2010, and to be built and marketed alongside the previous generation rather than as a replacement of the existing model.
The Sportage won the 2011 Car of the Year (originally "Auto roku 2011 na Slovensku") in Slovakia and "Truck of the Year" nomination of International Car of the Year.
The 3rd generation Kia Sportage, designed by Peter Schreyer, awarded 'Top Safety Pick' from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States.Earning the award became tougher in 2010 when IIHS added the rollover crash test, which measures roof strength and is twice as stringent as the federal requirement. To pass this test, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of three times the vehicle’s weight (acceptable rating). The federal standard requires a roof to hold 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight