In the segment of Medium SUVs in Europe, one of the most relevant novelties is the new generation Kia Sportage, a model that will reach the market early 2022.
In a recent press release published by Kia Europe, it is stated that the new generation of this SUV offers a “attractive and comfortable driving experience, with great dynamic response and capable in all conditions.”.
To achieve that balance and versatile behavior between efficiency, dynamism and comfort on board, a series of systems and technologies converge in the technique and in the chassis of the new generation of the Sportage. In the case of the model that will arrive in our continent, it stands out that for the first time in the history of this SUV the wheelbase for the European version is specific and different from that of the variants that will be marketed in other markets around the world.
The new technical platform It has also allowed the adoption of a series of specific elements and systems that allow achieving a balanced behavior at its controls. The multiple tests and trials on various European roads have allowed calibrate and adjust optimal steering and suspension performance and response settings. In the case of address, is assisted by an engine and according to Kia, provides a “very direct answer“With a great touch. For their part, suspensions receive a schema of type McPherson on the front axle and four-link on the rear axle, a configuration that, according to Kia, allows to offer a achieved balance between comfort and agility with certain sporting touches when required.
KIA SPORTAGE 2022: TECHNOLOGIES FOR DRIVING
Optionally, drivers who want to can add the interesting system of Electronic Control Suspension (ECS-), with electronic regulation and continuous adjustment of the shock absorbers, which makes it possible to counteract both the possible pitch and the lateral movements of the body in the face of speed bumps, potholes or curves.
In the case of the vversions equipped with all-wheel drive system, a new function called Terrain, which provides the optimal doses of motor skills and grip depending on the surface on which you are circulating (snow, mud and sand).
In the pursuit of versatile driving, this SUV offers various behavior modes, based on which various parameters of steering, engine and throttle response are adjusted. These modes are four: Drive, Eco, Comfort and Sport.
Versions with all-wheel drive They have an electronically regulated system that is responsible for evenly distributing the torque between the front and rear wheels, depending on the road conditions. In the case of the all-wheel drive versions with combustion engines and mild-hybrid light hybridization, the AWD Lock function, which allows you to block any of the four wheels to improve traction on surfaces with very low grip (with a lot of snow or off the asphalt).
Finally, another of the modern technologies that the Sportage 2022 can incorporate (in this case, for the PHEV plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions with conventional shock absorbers), is the E-Handling system, which uses “torque readings from the electric motor to improve steering response, traction on front-wheel drive models, and stability in emergency situations.”