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KIA Sportage packs a Turbo punch





After a wait of a few months, the 2011 Kia Sportage with its all new turbocharged version has finally seen the market. This version can boast of adding commendable fuel economy and pep to the other cars in the range of Sportage.

The pricing starts for the front wheel drive model at $25,795 and for the all wheel drive model it is $27,295. A Theta II 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engines are where the Sportage SX derives its power from. This engine is rated at 256 horsepower and with 264 pound-feet of torque which is accomplished at 27 mpg on a highway. It is dubbed to be the most effective turbo crossover present in the market.

The style of an SX model helps in identifying it over others. This includes an SX exclusive grille with revised side-still moldings and dual exhaust with special 18-inch alloy wheels. To utilize the maximum added power, a sport tuned suspension is kept to upgrade the handling.

There are a few up gradations in the interior of the SX. Some of these are the door sills made of aluminum and the new supervision gauge cluster. The Sportage SX also has the orange and blue interior trim. The orange package also gives an adding stitching to door panels, air vents, center console, seats and the steering wheel. Blue package includes blue patterned cloth seats with few other interior accents. To improve the low end power in SX and reduce turbo lag, a twin scroll turbocharger is introduced. In spite of added power, it has lower fuel efficiency than standard 2.4 liter four cylinders found in EX and LX Sportage. The engine, which is of 176 horsepower rate, is suitable for 31 mpg in the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

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