Sportage gains EV6 styling
Interior gets new curved ultra-wide display
Today in Seoul, Kia revealed the all-new fifth-generation Sportage. The small crossover is the first gas-powered model to wear the brand’s latest styling language and it adds a curved infotainment display that you might have expected to find in a luxury flagship not a compact crossover.
The current Kia Sportage came from the brief period in the automaker’s history when funky was one of the key attributes. Look at the original Soul for another example of that. This model uses the Opposites United language from the EV6 and turns the Sportage into a vehicle that looks much more refined and upscale. Crisp lines, sharp edges, and accent lights that run from the bumper up into the fender as well as the tapering roofline all contribute to that look. Kia calls it a dynamic and assertive presence.
Inside, the all-new Sportage showcases a curved display that encapsulates the dashboard display as well as the infotainment system. Taking up more than half of the dash of the Sportage, it has no bezel over the top to improve the sense of space, and is flanked with highly detailed air vents.
Below the screen is a touchpad and controller for the infotainment system that Kia says has been designed for intuitive operation and a soft touch. The electronic shifter and controller free up center console space helping to make the vehicle feel wider inside.
The driver and front passenger seats have been slimmed to help with rear seat space. The seats also sport integrated hangers for clothing and handbags.
Lastly, Kia is bringing a new X-Line trim to the Sportage that will get its own bumpers, side sills, and roof rack. Inside, the X-Line will offer quilting and “black metal wood” as well as a signature sage green interior option.
Kia plans to bring the new Sportage to market later this year, with powertrain and other details to follow.