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News Kia Sportage Reinvented for 2023

Kia Sportage Reinvented for 2023

The 2023 Kia Sportage’s contrasting but unified design elements will not go unnoticed


  • The new Sportage is bigger than the previous model.

  • New adventure-ready X-Line trims offered for the first time.

  • It is built on the new N3 platform and features a more powerful base engine.

  • It arrives in the first quarter of 2022.


The Kia Sportage is a tremendously important product for the Korean brand. As its longest-running nameplate, it’s also one of its best-selling models globally. For the fifth-generation Sportage, Kia’s gone all out with a bold, to say the least, design, new powertrains, new trims, and loads of new technologies.

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

With the 2023 Sportage, Kia introduces its “opposites United” design philosophy which blends futuristic yet rugged design elements. Certainly, it will leave no one indifferent as the SUV’s looks are controversial. Built on the new N3 platform shared with the new Sorento, the Sportage is now 7.1 inches longer than the previous SUV generation with a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase. It’s also marginally taller and wider providing it with class-leading interior volume.

The interior is all 21st Century with available dual panoramic curved 12.3-inch display screens. As standard, all 2023 Sportages will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while features such as a Wifi hotspot as part of Kia Connect services, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, wireless charging will be offered in upper trims.

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

As part of the ground-up revamp, Kia will add new adventure-ready trims (X-Line, Sportage X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige) similar to those offered with the Sorento. The X-Line versions will include a 1.5-inch boost to ground clearance (AWD) as well as unique body and interior trims, along with available new 17-inch all-terrain tires to replace the included 19-inch wheels and a multi-terrain mode AWD system.

A new more powerful and efficient powertrain will join the Kia Sportage for 2023. It will be a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine expected to produce 187 horsepower. It will be coupled to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. All told, Kia says the new layout should be about 8% more fuel-efficient. The active AWD system relies on electro-hydraulic coupling with a center-locking differential to distribute power between the front and rear axles.

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

The 2023 Kia Sportage will feature a vast array of standard passive and active safety components such as Lane Following and Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance, and many more.

The all-new 2023 Kia Sportage is expected in showrooms in the first quarter of 2022. The new Sportage will, in time, be offered with a number of electrified iterations including a hybrid at a later date.

2023 Sportage SX | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage SX | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage X-Pro | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage SX | Photo: Kia

2023 Sportage SX | Photo: Kia

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