- The next-generation Kia Sportage will be offered in two wheelbase lengths for various markets.
- Hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will be added to the powertrain lineup.
- A curved display integrating two 12-inch screens will be available.
After revealing the first images of the fully redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage, the Korean brand just announced more details of their popular compact crossover vehicle.
First of all, it’s important to mention that so far, the first two reveals don’t concern the North American variant. However, Kia did mention that the fifth-generation Sportage will be available in short- and long-wheelbase configurations to meet the needs of various markets in which it will be sold. That mimics the strategy adopted by other manufacturers and their crossovers, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, for example.
It’s safe to assume that the long-wheelbase Sportage will be the one headed to Canada and the United States, in an already complete family of utility vehicles that includes the subcompact Kia Soul and Seltos, as well as the midsize Kia Sorento and Telluride.
Foreign markets will get a familiar turbocharged 1.6L gasoline four that develops 177 horsepower (180 PS) and 195 pound-feet of torque, matched to either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic. A new turbo-diesel 2.0L inline-four will be available too, along with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The latter two should be similar to what’s currently found in the newly redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson, producing a combined output of 226 for the HEV and 261 hp for the PHEV. North America should get the hybrids and a 187-horsepower, naturally aspirated 2.5L four.
As we previously mentioned, the 2023 Kia Sportage will be available with a rugged-looking X-Line trim level and a sporty GT-Line variant in order to give customers more distinct flavours of the crossover. As in the brand’s other recent utility vehicles, a new Terrain Mode dial will appear on the centre console, offering a bunch of various drive settings including Sport, Eco, Comfort, Smart, Snow, Mud and Sand. Of course, AWD will be available, while a new Electric Control Suspension or ECS is said to provide “optimum comfort and superior safety levels at all times thanks to its continuous damping control in real time.”
Last but not least, the next-generation Sportage will flaunt a curved display housing both the fully digital driver instrument panel and the infotainment system touchscreen, both measuring 12 inches in diameter. The company also promises high-quality materials, slim yet comfortable front seats and an available Harman/Kardon surround sound system.
No word yet on when the 2023 Kia Sportage will go on sale in Canada and the United States, but we’re expecting it in the spring of 2022.