Kia has revealed their first look at the all-new European-exclusive Sportage.
The fifth-generation of Kia’s popular crossover has been designed and developed to cater specifically for European tastes and roads – a tactic the manufacturer used with the release of the ProCeed shooting brake model in 2019 which was similarly engineered on European roads, for European drivers.
Kia Sportage exterior
Developed on a new architecture, the new Sportage has been engineered with optimal wheelbase, dimensions and proportions for Europe.
From the front, the new Sportage showcases Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille which links to the distinctive futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights. This in turn creates solid boundary lines for the striking Matrix LED head lamps.
Paying homage to its origin as an SUV, the side profile of the new Sportage creates a stirring road presence which combines with the more traditional crossover appeal highlighted by the inclusion of the contrasting black roof which accentuates the sporting profile and highlights the C-pillar.
This extends to the rear of the car with its swooping fastback design flowing into the rear lamps. This connects into the slim horizontal design to give a wide stance and underscores its everyday practicality and usability.
Kia Sportage interior
The interior of the new Sportage furthers the European-centric appeal of the crossover by offering increased luggage capacity, headroom and legroom over the outgoing model.
The cutting-edge interior offers a driver-orientated space which has been carefully crafted to fuse breakthrough tech with luxury features, premium materials and modern style.
Central to this is a state-of-the-art integrated curved display: this high-tech 12.3-inch touchscreen and advanced integrated controller act as the nerve centre for driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and usability.
An ergonomic centre console has been optimally positioned for the driver and front passenger, providing storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches as well as a wireless smartphone charging bay.
Combining practicality, functionality and versatility, the new Sportage offers 996mm legroom for second-row passengers while headroom at the rear is 998mm. Luggage capacity is 591 litres which can be extended to 1,780l with the rear 40:20:40 split seats folded down.
Kia Sportage tech
The high-tech 12.3-inch touchscreen is equipped with the latest-generation full thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display for incredibly precise and clear graphics and benefits from the latest over-the-air software and map updates.
The advanced connectivity software in new Sportage also allows users to connect with their vehicle remotely via the Kia Connect smartphone app. This interactive, easy-to-use tech also gives users access to key onboard features such as Kia Live Services, Online Navigation, Online voice recognition and Calendar integration from your smartphone.
Fully immersive, in-car surround sound is delivered to the occupants of the new Sportage via Harman Kardon premium sound system.
To create a dynamic, engaging and optimal driving experience for European roads, the new Sportage also debuts numerous highly innovative technologies. These include a new-generation Electronic Controlled Suspension to provide optimum comfort and superior safety thanks to its continuous damping control. A new Terrain Mode also gives the Sportage outstanding ride capabilities in more challenging conditions such as snow, mud and sand.
Kia Sportage engines
The new Sportage will be launched with a comprehensive range of powertrains, including state-of-the-art hybrid and plug-in hybrid as well as the very latest petrol and diesel engines.
The PHEV Sportage features Kia’s award-winning 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine, a 66.9kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. This combines to deliver a total system power output of 265PS.
The Hybrid model utilises the same 1.6 T-GDI engine with a 44.2kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 1.49kWh battery to offer 230PS.
The new 1.6 T-GDI petrol engine is also offered with a mild hybrid system. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual, it has been developed to reduce emissions and optimize frugality, combining enhanced efficiency with sporty performance to generate 150 or 180PS.
Also included in the launch line-up is a highly efficient 1.6-litre clean diesel engine. Available with 115 or 136PS power outputs, it is paired with either a six-speed intelligent manual or 7-speed dual clutch and features active emissions control technologies to cut NOx pollutants. The 136PS diesel model is also available with mild-hybrid technology, further reducing emissions and enhancing efficiency.
Drivers can expect UK deliveries of the all-new Sportage to start before the end of the year. There is no pricing confirmed as of yet. Based on the outgoing model’s price, from £21,560, an increase is expected for the new European-exclusive version.