• Kia has revealed the design of the new Sportage, and it has an interesting look.
  • The new model will likely share engines and mechanical components with the related Hyundai Tucson.
  • We expect the new Sportage to arrive in the U.S. in early 2022 as a 2023 model.

    Hyundai-Kia is continuing to push the design envelope in the compact-SUV class with the new Sportage. Although it looks completely different from its sibling, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, both of these crossovers feature a bold appearance with interesting details and side surfacing.

    The global version of the Sportage seen here features an unconventional front-end lighting setup with low-mounted headlights and prominent boomerang-shaped LED lighting accents. In the rear, the taillights look similar to the new Kia EV6 electric car. The greenhouse subtly slopes down toward the D-pillar and the beltline rises, creating a the impression of a somewhat rakish silhouette without an actual coupe-like tapered roofline as seen on some luxury SUV models.

    Inside, the Sportage looks far more upscale than its predecessor. A digital instrument cluster and large widescreen infotainment system look to be mounted under a single piece of glass. This large fixture is flanked by shapely air vents on either side. A rotary shifter is visible on the center stack along with an array of various buttons.

    Kia has still not released mechanical details about the new Sportage, but we have an idea of what to expect from the U.S. version. The powertrain lineup is likely to mirror the Tucson's, meaning a 2.5-liter inline-four will serve as the base engine with possible hybrid and plug-in-hybrid derivatives to follow. We hope Kia will install the more powerful turbo 2.5-liter four as well as an optional upgrade.

    Look for more information about the U.S. model to come later this year, as the Sportage is likely to arrive on our shores in early 2022 as a 2023 model.

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