2011 Kia Sportage Turbo
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2011 Kia Sportage Turbo

Montreal, Quebec – Kia has unveiled the Sportage SX at the Montreal International Auto Show, debuting a 2.0-litre turbo gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine that produces the power of a V6 with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. The new Sportage SX will start at $36,995 and include Kia’s new UVO infotainment technology and additional standard equipment.

“The addition of the SX package to the all-new 2011 Sportage further enhances our positive momentum on the vehicle while introducing a whole new dimension to both design and power, including exceptional fuel economy,” said Robert Staffieri, marketing director of Kia Canada. “The Sportage SX completes our powertrain offering for Canadians and the 2.0-litre Turbo GDI provides a high level of world-class technology. The Sportage is the first vehicle in Canada to debut this all-new flagship engine.”

The Sportage SX will use a six-speed automatic transmission, engineered and manufactured by Kia, which is one of the most compact and fuel-efficient transmissions in the market today. It includes a new feature, Neutral Control, that effectively shifts it into neutral when stuck in traffic, when the transmission is in Drive and the brakes have been applied for more than two seconds, to improve fuel economy. An integrated hill assist control prevents any vehicle rollback.

Standard features on the SX include pushbutton start, panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, ventilated driver’s seat, UVO infotainment system, seven-speaker premium sound system, rear spoiler, leather seating and auto-dimming mirror with Homelink.

The 2011 Sportage will be available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, with the LX and EX powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine.

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