Kia Sportage to bow out with limited edition GT-Line model

High spec version is the last hurrah before the fifth-generation SUV debuts next year

05 October 2021 - 10:22
By Motoring Reporter
Setting the GT-Line model apart are distinctive LED lamps front and rear, model-specific skid plates and striking 19-inch alloy wheels.
Image: Supplied Setting the GT-Line model apart are distinctive LED lamps front and rear, model-specific skid plates and striking 19-inch alloy wheels.

Kia SA has introduced a limited-edition Sportage GT-Line boasting a raft of standard features and sporty styling enhancements.

The Sportage is Kia’s best-selling model globally and the range-topping GT-Line derivative offers a distinguished last hurrah before the fifth-generation model debuts next year, says Stephen Crosse, sales and marketing director, Kia SA.

Setting the GT-Line model apart from the rest of the range are distinctive LED combination lamps front and rear, dual exhaust outlets in chrome trim, model-specific skid plates and striking 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the GT-Line boasts smart two-tone, diamond-patterned and perforated artificial leather trim on the seats, a glossy finish on the centre console, a GT-Line-specific flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a comprehensive 4.2-inch colour instrumentation cluster.

These features are in addition to standard items such as smart entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electrically adjustable front seats, Bi-LED headlights with an auto-on/off function, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, and cruise control.

Standard safety fare comprises ABS brakes, six airbags, stability control, a rear-view parking camera, and hill-start assist.

A panoramic sunroof and wireless smartphone charging are part of the fully-stocked equipment list.
Image: Supplied A panoramic sunroof and wireless smartphone charging are part of the fully-stocked equipment list.

The all-wheel-drive Sportage GT-Line is powered by a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine with outputs of 130kW and 265Nm, powering all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Kia quotes a 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds.

The limited-edition new Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi AWD GT-Line retails for R649,995, which includes five-year/unlimited distance warranty inclusive of Roadside Assistance, as well as a prepaid five-year/90,000 km service plan.

The Sportage has sold more than five-million units globally in 28 years and the current, fourth-generation Sportage debuted locally in 2016.