After a long wait, South Korean automaker Kia has finally unveiled the all-new 5th generation Sportage featuring a completely revamped styling based on a new design philosophy called ‘Opposites United’ as seen on the EV6 which debuted earlier this year. The Sportage also features Kia’s new logo which was unveiled earlier this year.
Up front, the design features a new iteration of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, called as ‘Digital Tiger Face’. A dominating black mesh grille is flanked by large boomerang shaped DRLs while the LED headlamps are housed at the extreme ends. Towards the sides, the floating sideline is now sportier than ever as it gradually rises to the rear and reached the top at the D pillar. The rear end is accentuated by the new horizontal LED tail lights that are connected to each other via a thin strip while having new Kia logo underneath. The thick bumper which is partly black, features a skid plate diffuser element.
Inside, the fully redesigned dual-tone interior is spearheaded by the curved display that combines the digital instrument and the infotainment system. The three-dimensional air vents flow within the integrated curved display. The high-tech touch screen pad along with the advanced integrated controller aids for driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and usability needs. Kia has also replaced the traditional gear lever with a rotary gear selector with different driving modes. According to the automaker, high quality materials have been used in the interior that enhances the overall experience of being in the new Sportage.
Furthermore, for the first time Kia Sportage will come with an X-Line package that will be available with a unique bumper, side sill, and curved roof rack. Inside, the Sportage X-Line can be had with a signature sage green or black seating, as well as bold quilting and black metal wood. According to Karim Habib , Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center:
“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design. With the all-new Sportage , we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class.”
Kia hasn’t revealed the powetrain options for the new Sportage at this stage, however since it has been sharing the platform and powertrain options with its cousin Hyundai Tucson, the new one will also likely share the same with a hybrid one on cards as well. The all-new 5th gen Kia Sportage will have its full global market launch later this year and will go on sale as a 2022 model year vehicle. Stay tuned for more information.
The all-new Kia Sportage