Kia has finally unveiled the all-new Kia Sportage 2022 crossover for the European region. The novelty is built on the same platform that is used in the South Korean and American versions, however, it is shorter and has visual differences. In addition, the vehicle has different suspension and steering settings.
The dimensions of the European version are 4151 x 1865 x 1645 mm with a wheelbase of 2680 mm, while the car previously announced in the USA and South Korea has dimensions of 4660 x 1865 x 1660 mm with a wheelbase of 2755 mm. But the developers claim that there is still enough space inside due to the competent layout.
The volume of the luggage compartment has decreased by 46 to 591 liters, with the rear seat fully folded, the volume of the luggage compartment increases to 1,780 liters. The rear seats can be folded in a 40:20:40 split for maximum comfort. For the first time in Europe, it will be possible to order a version with a black roof, in addition, the GT-Line sports package will be available to customers.
Several hybrid and diesel models are available in the lineup. The rechargeable Kia Sportage 2022 PHEV is powered by a 180 hp 1.6 T-GDI turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine and 66.9 kW traction electric motor. The power plant includes a 13.8 kWh battery. The combined power of the power plant is 265 hp. The classic Sportage HEV hybrid received the same engine and 44.2 kW traction electric motor, as well as a 1.49 kWh battery. The total power of the Sportage HEV power plant is 230 hp. The same engine is featured in the Mild Hybrid Powertrain (MHEV). A 1.6-liter diesel engine with 115 or 136 hp will also be available. The gearbox can be 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic.
Kia’s acclaimed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology, also known as DriveWise, helps the new Sportage avoid potential hazards by protecting passengers and other road users on every journey. As part of the DriveWise ADAS package, the new Sportage is equipped with Kia’s industry-leading collision avoidance system, which helps avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles when turning left at intersections.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA) maintains a set distance and speed from the vehicle in front when driving on the highway and helps center the new Sportage in its lane. The HDA can also adjust the speed of the vehicle according to the speed limit.
Navigation-Based Intelligent Cruise Control (NSCC) helps the new Sportage drive the new Sportage at safe highway speeds using real-time navigation data. The technology automatically slows down when cornering. Returning to “straight”, the NSCC ramps up the speed to the original level.
The steering system has been improved and a new electronically controlled suspension (ECS) has been implemented. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive system ensures optimal power distribution between the front and rear wheels, depending on road conditions and driving situations, not only improving driving performance, but also increasing safety and efficiency. For the first time in the Sportage, Terrain Mode will appear, which automatically adjusts the settings of the car so that it moves optimally in mud, snow and sand. In addition, the driver has access to the driving settings “Comfort”, “Eco” or “Sport”.
The multimedia system and instrument panel are presented on two 12.3-inch screens. There is a place for wireless charging of a 15W smartphone. You can connect to your car from your smartphone via the Kia Connect app, accessing services, navigation, voice control, and more.
Car sales in Europe will start at the end of the year, prices will be announced later.
Tesla Model 3 is not adapted to Indian roads due to too low ground clearance
The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first vehicle in the Indian market. Only when preparing to launch the model on this very market, the company faced an unexpected difficulty.
As it turned out, the car’s clearance is simply not enough for local roads. The agency testing the car recorded that during the tests the Model 3 touched the bottom of the road bumps or objects in 160 cases out of 200. That is, most of the bumps, speed bumps and other similar objects Model 3 is not able to drive normally.
That being said, the Model 3’s suspension uses springs that cannot simply be adjusted to increase ground clearance. That is, they need to be changed. Moreover, the same agency recommended increasing the ground clearance by 25 mm, which is a lot.
As a result, the Model Y may become the first Tesla model on the Indian market. Its ground clearance is 170 mm, which should be just enough.
Due to the lack of microcircuits, buyers have to wait for Mercedes-Benz cars for more than a year
Buyers of Mercedes-Benz cars are faced with the need to wait for ordered cars for more than a year due to production disruptions caused by a shortage of microcircuits. This was announced yesterday in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Ola Kallenius, CEO of Daimler, which includes Mercedes-Benz.
“The demand for Mercedes-Benz is huge, and at the same time, unfortunately, there are serious restrictions,” he said. “For some models, the waiting time is longer than we would like, in some cases more than a year.”
Källenius echoed a previous forecast that the chip supply problems plaguing automakers around the world will persist through 2023, as structural problems persist, as well as pandemic-related restrictions in key supplier countries.
Thailand plans to produce only electric vehicles by 2035
Thailand is a hub for vehicle manufacturing with a complete supply chain, home to major international car manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Great Wall Motors and Mercedes-Benz.
More than 2 million vehicles were produced annually in Thailand in 2018 and 2019, according to Statista. In 2020, the pandemic dropped that number to 1.4 million, and COVID-19 remains the biggest contributor to the decline in car production and sales in Thailand in 2021.
As global automakers move towards electric vehicle production, Thailand is realizing the need to move in this direction. According to the Bangkok Post, the National Committee for Electric Vehicle Policy aims to produce only electric vehicles (buses, cars and motorcycles) in the country by 2035, with a total of about 18.4 million units. In the short term, the committee aims to produce 1 million electric vehicles by 2025 and 6 million by 2030. The production of electric cars and pickups alone in Thailand is planned to be increased to 400,000 units by 2025, to 2.94 million units by 2030, and to 8.63 million units by 2035.
According to Nikkei Asia, investments in the production and construction of infrastructure for electric vehicles reached $ 2.5 billion in 2017-2019. The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) is expected to increase the budget for the construction of more auxiliary equipment for electric vehicles in the coming years. Data from the Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Thailand (EVAT) show that there are now about 2,200 chargers in the country at 664 stations, and the number of electric vehicles registered in Thailand reached 100,000 as of April 2021. The government hopes there will be a million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2025.
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