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When Kia introduced the original Sportage in North America in the early 1990s, the best thing it had going for it was a low-ball price. There was nothing particularly compelling about the way it looked or drove, though it was at least passable on both counts. When the Geneva Motor Show opens up next month, the third-generation Sportage will finally bring the compact crossover to the head of the class in appearance.

Looking like a 5/8-scale version of the recently introduced Sorento, the new Sportage incorporates the Peter Schreyer-penned Kia design language in an an aggressive looking package that should stand out among the Escapes, Rav4s and CR-Vs of the world. The new model is longer, lower and wider, but Kia hasn't released any other details yet.

We expect that the Sportage will have the same 2.4-liter inline-four found in the new Hyundai Tucson when it arrives Stateside this fall, although other markets will get a range of gas and diesel power options from which to choose. Full press release after the jump.



[source: Kia]

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typically in the past, things like stability control, bluetooth and USB were all packaged into pricey option groups.

But now on SUV's stability control is pretty much mandated, and Kia seems to generally have USB and Bluetooth standard or available cheap.

I will guess a very base version of this might be without power windows and cruise. But the next version, maybe not.

Kia's new Sorento already comes with incentive money. Kia makes no bones about selling its wares cheap. They can afford to, due to the slave labor.

Although, I still would feel some guilt buying a Kia, when I could buy say, an Escape. I thought about that as I drove the rental Altima this weekend after driving by the Fairfax Malibu plant in KC this past weekend.

I like the Forte but its not as practical as this. Kia and Hyundai are really assaulting the market these days.

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typically in the past, things like stability control, bluetooth and USB were all packaged into pricey option groups.

But now on SUV's stability control is pretty much mandated, and Kia seems to generally have USB and Bluetooth standard or available cheap.

I will guess a very base version of this might be without power windows and cruise. But the next version, maybe not.

Kia's new Sorento already comes with incentive money. Kia makes no bones about selling its wares cheap. They can afford to, due to the slave labor.

Although, I still would feel some guilt buying a Kia, when I could buy say, an Escape. I thought about that as I drove the rental Altima this weekend after driving by the Fairfax Malibu plant in KC this past weekend.

I like the Forte but its not as practical as this. Kia and Hyundai are really assaulting the market these days.

The Sorento and Altima are both made in the US, albeit in the South. Labor costs only make up a small portion of a vehicle's price.

I have to say... Kia is definitely on a styling roll here. The Forte Koup looks great, apart from the badge, as does this. Kia's design chief used to design for VAG and was in charge of cars like the TT and Gallardo.

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