The all-new 2022 Kia Sportage has just been unveiled and it gets a completely new design that shares absolutely nothing in common with its predecessor.
“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,” commented Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center.
Kia calls their new design language “Opposites United”, and that’s characterized by a number of radical design elements such as the wide grille that neatly integrated with the headlights and the D-pillar that features an interesting satin silver finish. The side profile features taut lines, while the rear gets a sleeker pair of LED taillights that are connected by a black strip. Buyers can also opt for a contrasting black roof color for added flair.
Like the exterior, the interior is also completely new. The fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen are neatly integrated together, though we can’t tell at this point if these are housed in a single piece of glass. Even the aircon vents have an interesting three-dimensional design to make the interior look more upscale. At the center console is a rotary electronic gear shifter, while the electronic parking brake has been relocated together with the traction control button.
Powertrain options have not yet been revealed at this point, but we do expect it will share the same engines as its stablemate, the Hyundai Tucson. Expect a plethora of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, along with electrified ones such as a mild hybrid, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.
The Kia Sportage is destined to go on sale first in Europe for the 2022 model year followed by the United States for the 2023 model year.