The new generation of Kia Sportage, the Korean compact SUV closely related to the Hyundai Tucson, revamped from top to bottom last September. And just like its cousin, the Sportage will be revolutionized in all respects, with a style that breaks with the current generation, seasoned with many new technologies and an increasingly electrified engine range.
At present there are few certain news and the official photos show only details in the shade, which however allow us to notice some noteworthy details. We have collected them all below.
The design of the Kia of the future was anticipated by the EV6, the first 100% electric of the Korean house, but we should not expect big points of contract between the zero-emissions crossover and the Sportage. This is because the style of the EV6 will be taken from the other electric in the range, while the more classic endothermic will have a different design, even if there may be minimal “contamination”.
The front, for example, should show off the redesigned tiger nose mask, with thin optical groups on the sides full LED vertical development, probably reserved only for daytime running lights. At the rear, on the other hand, the optical groups will have a “C” design with the now classic central luminous line joining them.
The roof line does not seem to linger in coupé shapes, for the benefit of load capacity and roominess. Volumes that could increase, slightly, thanks to the length which should be around 4.5 meters (now it is 4.48).
Here the influence of the EV6 will be felt: the dashboard will in fact be occupied by the huge curved monitor for digital instrumentation and infotainment, which will retire the vast majority of physical buttons, reduced to a minimum and collected in a space immediately below the super monitor. At the software level, there should be renewed graphics, with the ability to customize the screens, together with the inevitable Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
A pushed digitization accompanied by a completely new design also for the central tunnel, where new and more capacious compartments should find space, together with the plate for the induction charging of the smartphone.
As for it space, as previously written, there should be more comfort for the rear seat occupants and a slightly larger cargo volume than the current generation’s 439 liters.
Designed for the European market, the new Kia Sportage should fully resume the engine range of the Hyundai Tucson, that is to say diesel petrol engines, even mild hybird, with powers between 115 and 180 HP, plus a 230 HP full hybrid and a 265 hp plug-in hybrid.
The traction can be front or integral, depending on the engine chosen, with 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automatic double clutch transmission.
Adaptive cruise control, automatic lane keeping, emergency braking, automatic recognition of speed limits and much more should be part of the ADAS offer of the new Kia Sportage, also in this case proposing what has already been seen on the Hyundai Tucson.