The all-new Kia Sportage crossover, one of the stars of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, is to go on sale in the UK earlier than expected, on 1 August, with a high specification Sportage First Edition version. The full line-up of the all-new Sportage, including two wheel drive, petrol and additional diesel versions, will go on sale in the UK from November, however early production of RHD all-wheel-drive 2.0-litre diesel models means that eager British customers will not have to wait long to get into Kia’s latest stunningly designed model.

  • First Edition version marks an early start to all-new Sportage RHD production
  • New 2.0-litre CRDi engine offers greatly improved CO2emissions
  • High specification version available in a choice of five colours
  • Manual or automatic transmission available
  • On sale from 1 August
  • 2WD, petrol and other diesel variants to follow in November

The Sportage First Edition is a unique version that comes complete with all-wheel drive, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and an efficient common-rail turbodiesel engine. The 2.0-litre CRDi engine emits just 156g/km CO2 and achieves a combined cycle economy of 47.1 mpg – an impressive 31g/km less and 7.3mpg more respectively than the outgoing model.

Available in a choice of five colours – including the striking Techno Orange – the First Edition comes as standard with a comprehensive high-end specification including a full leather interior, dual zone climate control, automatic rain-sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Designed by Peter Schreyer to combine the stance and attitude of a compact SUV but with a sleek, urban design and have greener credentials, Kia’s all-new Sportage is designed to meet the requirements of young families – or the young at heart – who lead busy, primarily urban-centric, lifestyles. Final development of the Sportage’s chassis in the UK has ensured that the ride and handling are optimised for British road conditions.

Full details on the all-new Sportage First Edition will be available on 20 July.