Kia has published some exclusive news for its UK customers, offering the recently debuted all-new Kia Sportage crossover on the British market earlier than expected, on 1 August. The newly designed ride will be available only in a high specification Sportage First Edition version, which includes all-wheel-drive and a uniquely efficient 2.0-litre diesel powerplant.

This remarkably eco-friendly 2.0-litre CRDi unit estimates only 156g/km CO2 and achieves a combined cycle economy of 47.1 mpg – an impressive 31 g/km less and 7.3 mpg more respectively than the outgoing model.

The early, special Sportage will be offered with a choice of five different shades, including the head-turning Techno Orange. Further details standard on the staggering First Edition include a full leather interior, dual zone climate control, automatic rain-sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The full specifications list of the all-new Sportage First Edition will be announced on 20 July.