The fifth generation of the Kia Sportage makes its debut. After teasers, photos and spy videos of the last few months, the South Korean brand has unveiled the definitive forms of the crossover that will be launched on the market at the end of 2021.
The announcement only shows the exterior and interior design, postponing updates on engines and other important details to the coming months.
The look breaks the ties with the past and continues Kia’s new stylistic course called “Opposites United” (“uniting opposites”) inaugurated with the electric EV6. This is realized with a modern interpretation of the characteristic “Tiger Nose”.
The change is so radical that the manufacturer has renamed the front “Digital Tiger Face”. Compared to the previous generation, the honeycomb grille has grown a lot, while the headlights are razor sharp vertical LED lines.
The sides show clean, massive lines streamlined by a molding at the bottom. The roof can be requested in black, while different designs for the alloy wheels should not be missing. The rear communicates sportiness thanks to the clear spoiler, the central LED bar and the large diffuser with integrated tailpipes.
The cabin is also decidedly innovative with a new instrument panel that integrates the virtual dashboard and the screen of the infotainment system. Below the latter we find the physical controls of the automatic climate control. Also new is the central tunnel area which houses the automatic gearbox selector and the control to manage the driving modes.
Kia emphasizes that various options for interior upholstery and materials will be available depending on the chosen trim. One of these will be called X-Line and will feature black or green leather seats and black wood-like details.
The expected engines and the plans of the Group
Although they have not yet been officially announced, for the engines we expect a list strongly shared with the “sister” Hyundai Tucson.
We should therefore see petrol and diesel mild hybrid units with powers up to 180 hp, a 230 hp full petrol hybrid and a 265 hp plug-in hybrid. All this should be combined with front or all-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In any case, the presence of the Hyundai-Kia group is destined to strengthen in the course of 2021. After the summer, Genesis, the luxury brand of Hyundai, will debut in Europe with the flagship G80 and the SUV GV80. Subsequently, the medium crossover GV70, the shooting brake G70 and three other electric models (including a battery-powered G80) will also arrive.