The current Sportage has fared well for Korean automaker Kia. In addition to plaudits from the motoring press, it has a number of awards in the trophy cabinet. These include a prestigious Red Dot design award as well as the overall winner in the SUV and Crossover category of the 2013 Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards.
A new version is imminent, but until then Kia hopes to sustain interest with special offerings like the new TEC model. Based on the 2.0 CRDi derivative (130kW and 392Nm), TEC models feature smarter aesthetic bits and more in the way of gadgetry.
Compared to the rest of the range, TEC models boast 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED taillights, privacy glass and a one-touch panoramic sunroof. Better illumination is promised by the addition of xenon headlamps. Inside, the model gains heated and ventilated seats, as well as Kia’s smart key with a start-stop button. TEC models are available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive guises, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Sportage TEC in 2WD format goes for R427 995, while the all-wheel drive version costs R462 995. Included in the price is a five-year/100 000 km warranty, five-year/100 000 km service plan and a three-year unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan.