Earlier this year, Kia revealed the fifth-generation of its popular SUV, the Sportage. Yet to be launched internationally, the strikingly styled family car will feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology, along with a high-quality interior that is reported to give a "sumptuous" feel.
The local arm of the Korean car maker is yet to announce whether the newest model is, in fact, heading to South Africa. But we're guessing that with the popularity enjoyed by the outgoing model, it's very likely.
In fact, Kia South Africa has just introduced a limited edition derivative of the fourth-generation. Sitting at the top of the range, the newly-launched GT-Line model features myriad features.
Powered by the brand's 1.6-litre T-GDi turbopetrol engine, the Sportage GT-Line produces 130 kW and 265 Nm of torque. This provides it with a fairly decent turn of speed, with 100 km/h dispatched in 9.1 seconds. Power is sent to all four wheels via a slick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
At R649 995, the Kia represents exceptional value when you consider the standard equipment. Safety wise, the GT-Line boasts six airbags, ESC and ABS. Hill-start assist and ISOFIX anchorage points also make the cut, while a reverse camera with front and rear parking sensors make tricky parking manoeuvres a doddle.
In terms of luxury equipment, the GT-Line isn't lacking. Blessed with the specification one must pay extra for in some luxury cars, the range-topping Sportage ships standard with electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support, heated seats (front and rear), cruise control, dual-zone climate control, Bi-LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, auto-folding side mirrors and more. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also standard and, naturally, is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible.
Adding to the luxurious interior ambience is two-tone artificial leather trim, a flat-bottomed GT-Line specific steering wheel and a glossy centre console finish.
The Sportage GT-Line comes standard with a competitive five-year/90 000 km service plan. A five-year/unlimited km warranty and roadside assistance is also standard.