Smaller, cooler Sportage for Euro market
Will get styling that’s more bold than the global model
The all-new Kia Sportage is a sharp-looking crossover, but the automaker has even smaller plans in store for their small crossover. While the global version of the crossover has gotten larger, a version made just for Europe will be more suited for that market and won’t get the same size changes. If it looks anything like this rendering from the company, it’s going to be a whole lot more stylish than the one we’ll see on the road.
Kia calls this Sportage the spiritual successor of the last-gen model. It’s the first time Kia has made a Sportage specifically for Europe, and that means a more muscular presence in this smaller package. Don’t expect wheels quite that massive for production, but Kia says it will have a muscular and swooping fastback, rear end as well as a front end more daring than the model sold elsewhere.
The EuroSportage gets a more advanced interior as well, which Kia says will be loaded with connectivity and advanced driver assist. It’s also meant to handle, something that North Americans don’t expect from their crossovers but Europeans will likely appreciate.
Kia’s sketches show a new iteration of the Tiger Nose grille flanked by boomerang LED running lights and Matrix LED headlamps. Further back, there is a new and more dynamic C-pillar design and all the way around are ultra-slim LED lamps running the width of the Sportage.
The full debut happens September 1, just ahead of the IAA, and expect it to come with a wide range of powertrains including diesels.