The first images of the fifth-generation Sportage were released by Kia today, with the new model taking on the Korean company’s “Opposites United” design philosophy, which started with the EV6.
The Sportage has a completely different design from the previous generation model, with a grille that is now called Tiger Digital Face (from Tiger Nose). This extends across the width of the car, while at the rear, the muscular shoulder lines merge neatly to meet the small LED headlights, which form Kia’s new logo.
It has LED lights, a black roof, two-tone wheels and inside we find a 12″ instrument panel, a three-spoke steering wheel, a 12-inch infotainment screen and a rotary gear selector when the model is equipped with an automatic. transmission. There are also two-tone trims, gloss black trim and aluminum accents.
The interior is more luxurious than the previous generation, with better quality materials, offering more space for passengers and features 3D air vents, natural buttons, as well as a selector for the desired driving program.
The new Sportage will also be available in the X-Line version that stands out from the different front bumper, from the many black accents, from the different roof bars, from the side skirts, while inside there are black wood decorations, and so on. green or black seat covers.
Kia did not reveal the technical specifications of the new Sportage. These will be known in the coming months. Based on what we know so far, the new Sportage will have several safety features and will be powered by the same 115- to 230-horsepower gasoline and diesel engines found in the new Hyundai Tuscon, and there will also be a plug-in hybrid version. .
Among them is the 1,600 T-GDI Smartstream 150 hp petrol engine, and the same engine is also available in mild hybrid versions of 150 and 180 hp.
The CRDi 1,600 diesel engine produces 136 horsepower, and the hybrid version combines the T-GDI 1,600 with a 59 horsepower electric motor, producing a combined 230 horsepower.
It carries a 1.49kWh battery and a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and the car is sent to the front wheels, with an optional four-wheel drive system. A 265 hp hybrid version will also be available later.
The engines are combined with a 6-speed iMT manual transmission, or a 7-speed automatic gearbox with dual clutch technology.
Kia insists that in September it will present a special edition Sportage exclusively for the European market.