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Kia Mo­tors SA has re­vised its lo­cal Sportage model range, adding a to­tal of seven new and/or en­hanced mod­els to the range. This sees the com­pre­hen­sively kit­ted en­trylevel 2.0 Ig­nite model – with stan­dard fea­tures that in­clude LED day­time run­ning lights, au­to­matic head­light con­trol, rear park dis­tance con­trol, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, and steer­ing wheel­mounted re­mote con­trols – gain­ing a 6-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The new Ig­nite Plus de­riv­a­tives gain ex­te­rior en­hance­ments such as front fog lights and 17-inch wheels, as well as an elec­tro-chro­matic rearview mir­ror in the in­te­rior. It is avail­able with the 114 kw, 192 Nm 2.0-litre petrol en­gines.

It also marks the de­but of a 1.7-litre CRDI en­gine (85 kw at

4,000 r/min, 280 Nm be­tween

1,250 and 2,750 r/min, mated to a 6-speed man­ual gear­box) in the range.

The EX grade is ex­panded with a 2.0-litre petrol op­tion and two Plus de­riv­a­tives with added fea­tures in­clud­ing an elec­tric park­ing brake, front park dis­tance con­trol, leather up­hol­stery, elec­tric fold­ing side mir­rors and 19-inch wheels, elec­tric front seats, 7-inch touch­screen sat­nav, and a rear-view cam­era.

Pric­ing now starts at R369,995 for the 2.0 Ig­nite 6-speed man­ual and R376,995 for the auto de­riv­a­tive; R406,995 for the new 1.7 Ig­nite Plus; up to R517,995 for the added 2.0 CRDI EX Plus auto; and R599,995 for the flag­ship 1.6 T-GDI GT Line AWD 7-speed DCT, all with a 5-year/un­lim­ited km war­ranty and 5-year/90,000 km ser­vice plan.

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