Joining the two debutants on the Kia stand, the updated Cee’d hatch, a new highly efficient 1.0 litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbo engine, and a new a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The new Sportage is a crucial model for Kia in Europe, where the medium SUV makes up a quarter of the brand’s sales.
Kia has delivered a Sportage that is larger inside than the model it replaces, offers more high-end audio and infotainment features, and debuts a new, high-spec GT-Line model that combines a 130kW turbocharged petrol engine with all-wheel-drive and a unique appearance package.
Improvements have also been made to refinement levels in diesel models.
Launching as a sedan, a new wagon variant in the style of Kia’s Sportspace concept will also join the range at a later date.
The new Optima range will also include a high performance GT version, expected to run a 180kW turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine - a first for the Optima in Europe.
The updated Cee’d range will also be shown at Frankfurt. The full Cee’d range in Europe includes three and five-door hatchbacks, and a wagon.
Australian customers may be more familiar with the 150kW ‘warm hatch’ Pro_Cee’d GT, the sole model in the range that is offered in Australia. Kia Australia’s small car needs are instead answered by the Cerato range.
The star of the updated Cee’d range is Kia’s new 1.0 litre T-GDI three-cylinder engine, designed to offer impressive consumption and emissions figures, while still delivering strong performance.
The first in a series of down-sized engines, the 1.0 litre T-GDI engine will initially be offered in the Cee’d before spreading to other models in the Kia family, taking the place of the current 1.6 GDI engine.
Outputs of 88kW at 6000rpm and 172Nm between 1500 and 4100rpm are expected, while fuel consumption is reduced between 10-15% compared to the 1.6 GDI engine.
Another of Kia’s debuts is a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, which will be paired with 1.6 litre diesel versions of the Cee’d. Engineered to handle up to 300Nm, the new transmission will also join the range in Sportage and Optima models.