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The All-New Kia Sportage Design Unveiled… Almost

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

In it's 4th generation, the all-new Kia Sportage is coming in 2021 as a 2022 model to give its corporate sibling Hyundai Tucson and the class leading Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 run for their money with unique style and advanced technology.


Although official images of the highly-anticipated, all-new next-generation Kia Sportage are not revealed as of yet, an insider report states that the a newly created rendering is pretty darn close to the actual vehicle that’s on its way.

“ The 5th generation Kia Sportage will be a stylish compact SUV that should be much more technologically advanced than the rivals such as Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.”

Since the release of the news of the impending launch of the all-new Sportage a few months ago, there has been a slew of design predictions based on the spy photos of the test vehicles clad in the heaviest camouflages.

Sportage Trying To Beat Overachieving Sibling Hyundai Tucson

However, Autoherald of Korea in the January 25th issue reported that the new rendering of the Sportage by the Russian prediction artist Kolesa is actually 90% accurate to what the actual production SUV will look like when it is launched in the spring of 2021.

And to consumers eagerly awaiting the popular SUVs arrival’s delight, the all-new Sportage look clean and sophisticated unlike some of the earlier rendering that seem a bit polarizing with busy and convoluted front grille and head lamp design.

The headlamp and the fog lamps are cleanly integrated with the trademark tiger-nose grille, yet the fascia is still very futuristic with the signature V-shape LED element making a strong statement. The rear is just as attractive and clean, if not more subdued than the front with the new Kia logo prominently front and center.

Based on the corporate sibling Hyundai Tucson and as such, mechanically similar, featuring a 2.5-liter normally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with the optional all-wheel-drive, the 5th generation Kia Sportage will be a stylish compact SUV that should be much more technologically advanced than the rivals such as Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Some of the advanced features include a pair of 10.25-inch screen used for both the infotainment and the driver’s information cluster, smart-park assist, new driving modes to handle all sorts of driving conditions, and the ultrasonic rear occupant alert and safe exit warning for the safety of the rear passengers and pets.

This is in addition to the myriad of the vehicle safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and optional Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor, and Surround View Monitor.

Features like these are comparable to some of the German luxury vehicles that cost thousands more.

Also, the all-new Sportage can be equipped with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and even an electric powertrain. The 2022 Kia Sportage hybrid will be powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four with a 44.2-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.49-kilowatt-hour battery pack for a total output of 226 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The Sportage Hybrid will have all-wheel-drive as standard and said to be 30% more efficient than the standard Sportage.

The plug-in hybrid model will feature the same 1.6-liter turbo engine but has a more powerful 66.9-kW electric motor and a larger 13.8-kWh battery pack to produce a total of 261-hp. It also comes standard with an all-wheel-drive and uses the same six-speed auto as the regular hybrid. The plug-in hybrid models will have an electric range of around 28 miles and a 2-hour recharge time using a Level 2 charger. The fuel economy is expected to be around 70 mpg.

Finally, the pure-electric model of Sportage, which will be called e-Sportage like its smaller SUV sibling Kia e-Niro, will have an estimated maximum range of 310-miles or 500 km with the capability to recharge to 80% of the capacity in just 18-minutes with its 800V charging architecture.

2022 Kia Sportage will be launched sometime in the spring of 2021 with an estimated starting price of about $24,000.



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