HERE IS THE FIFTH – After having anticipated the shapes in the teaser images of the last few weeks, the Korean house releases the first official images of the fifth generation of the popular medium-sized SUV: the Kia Sportage. The arrival on the market is expected by the end of 2021.
A MORE BIGGER DESIGN – The new Kia Sportage fully embraces the new design philosophy that the house calls Opposites United (opposites united), inaugurated with the electric EV6. The shapes are completely broken with respect to the past. The soft lines in fact give way to taut and characterizing shapes. On the front there is the new grille that extends horizontally and incorporates the boomerang-shaped daytime running lights and direction indicators. The fog lights are positioned in the passing part of the front bumper. The rear is also very personal, with an almost vertical tailgate enriched by a spoiler positioned on the upper part of the rear window and by the two lights joined by a thin LED strip. There is also a diffuser area with a gray molding. The side profile is smooth and reminiscent of the trend of the new Hyundai Tucson.
MAXI DISPLAY – Great leap forward also with regard to the interior of the Kia Sportage 2021 where there is a large curved display that incorporates the instrumentation and the screen of the multimedia system. The climate controls are positioned below the central screen and the air intakes extend the entire length of the dashboard. The central console is also quite “clean”, thanks to the few physical buttons. Kia stresses that the new Sportage will represent a leap forward both in technology and in the quality of the materials used and the assemblies.
AND ENGINES? – More details on the new Sportage will be disseminated of the That in the next weeks. As for the engines, sharing structure and mechanics with the recent Hyundai Tucson, it is conceivable the presence, in addition to a classic 1.6 turbodiesel with 116 HP, a hybrid engine based on the 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo for a total of 230 HP and, subsequently, of a plug-in hybrid equipped with a 13.8 kWh battery and an all-electric range of approximately 50 km. Both hybrids will be mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.