The long-awaited car has finally paved its way to booking in Pakistan. After a long two year wait, the KIA will offer the locally assembled Sportage in two powertrains first being the FWD (Front Wheel Drive) whereas the second option being the AWD (All Wheel Drive). Whichever model you book the deliveries will start somewhere in August, which translates to a month of waiting time. For those of you who are interested in the prices, see them below.
KIA Sportage FWD: PKR-45,99,000
KIA Sportage AWD: PKR-49,99,000
The prices in my humble opinion are adequate, keeping in mind the poor performance of rupee against the value of the dollar. The actual bad news is that these are the introductory price and after the first few orders, the final price may go up a 2-3 Lakh for each respected variant. With that said let’s talk more on what we know about this local variant Sportage so far.
KIA says that there is nothing like the new Sportage; however, Pakistani’s have always been overhyped by big claims from car manufacturers and got lollipops instead. So let’s dig deep inside what KIA has to offer in the sub 5.0Mil category. Let’s start the engine which happens to be 2.0L Gasoline engine same as the one used in most Hyundai vehicles. It outputs a total of 157 horsepower and 196Nm of Torque. Previously we saw 2.0L engine only in Toyota Corolla 2.0D models, and this is the first time in many years the local industry has to offer a 2.0L engine for its consumers. This 2.0L engine in the Sportage is mated to a SportsMatic 6-speed transmission which is just a fancy name for an automatic transmission with an option of manual shift mode.
Aside from the engine specification, I am genuinely impressed that KIA has offered all premium features which it showcased on its display vehicles such as the:
- Bi-Projection LED(s)
- Heated Side Mirrors
- Electronic Tail-Gait (AWD only)
- Dual Zone Climate Control
- Android Auto & Apple Car Play
- Smart Key & Push Start
- Parking Assist Sensors
- 2-Way Powered Seats Driver+Passenger (AWD only)
- Rain Sensors
- Electronic Parking Brake + Brake Hold
- 3 Drive Modes (Normal + Eco + Sports)