After his debut with the, Kia is expanding its new “Opposites United” design language with the , which was revealed on Monday.
There’s no need to beat around the bush – the new Sportage looks amazing. The front end is dominated by a huge evolution of Kia’s tiger nose grille, which is topped off by a chrome trim that houses a pair of nostrils. Flanking the grille are diamond-shaped headlights with boomerang-shaped LED strips that extend all the way to the hood. The upward sloping greenhouse has a nice chrome trim strip along the bottom that creates a floating ceiling effect on the D-pillar, and is textured like the new one. The rear has chunky detailing at the bottom and the angular taillights are connected by a black bar.
The interior is great too. It is very similar in style to the other new Kia models such as theand Carnival, but the Sportage has a sleek curved display that integrates the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment touchscreen. Kia doesn’t say how big the screen is, but it’s an impressive thing to see in a conventional non-luxury car like the Sportage.
In the center console there is a glossy panel that houses a rotary gear selector, a smaller knob for the selection of the driving mode and several other buttons. The main climate controls are touch-sensitive, but the Sportage has physical knobs to measure the temperature. Kia makes a big fuss about how the Sportage uses high-end materials that are pleasant to the touch, and we especially like the white and blue interior pictured, which features dark metal trim.
A rugged X-Line trim level is a new addition to the Sportage. This package features unique bumper and side skirts designs, matte black wheel arches and lower moldings, different wheels, and a curved luggage rack. The X-Line also features wood trim, cushioned seats, and available sage green upholstery.
Since the Sportage shares its platform with the new, your engine line should be similar too. Expect the base engine to be a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. The Sportage is likely to be offered with a turbocharged engine as an upgrade, potentially for a sporty GT model, and there should be both and also plug-in hybrid versions.
Kia says the new Sportage will go on sale later this year. More US-specific details, including pricing and on-sale date, should be announced in the coming months.