2023 Kia Sportage takes on dramatic look

A redesigned Kia Sportage is coming for the 2023 model year, and Kia on Tuesday provided the first specs on the vehicle.

The specs are for the European market but U.S. details should be announced ahead of the small crossover’s local launch, currently expected in early 2022.

The redesigned Sportage has taken on a dramatic new look, with elements like a clamshell hood up front and the pinched leading edge of the tailgate looking similar to what we see on Kia’s new EV6 electric crossover introduced for 2022. And like most new Kias, there’s a grille spanning the width of the vehicle’s face. Another interesting element are the matrix LED headlights, whose main clusters are set low in the face and bounded by boomerang-shaped daytime lights. The available wheel sizes measure between 17 and 19 inches in diameter.

Inside is a premium design that wouldn’t look out of place in an Audi. Present is a driver-orientated dash layout dominated by a curved display integrating separate 12-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment.

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

2023 Kia Sportage (European spec)

There are also multiple controls on the steering wheel together with a rotary dial for the gear selector, below which is a second dial for the drive mode selector. One of the modes is a Terrain Mode that automatically adjusts several vehicle settings to improve stability on uneven or slippery surfaces, including snow, mud and sand. Storage space is 22.5 cubic feet.

Outside the U.S., the Sportage will be offered with the choice of a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid options will be offered at a later date.

Powertrains for our market are yet to be announced but we can expect a similar powertrain lineup to the new Hyundai Tucson introduced for 2022, whose underpinnings are shared with the new Sportage. The Hyundai offers a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 187 hp as standard. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic. Above this is a pair of hybrids, one a plug-in hybrid. In both cases there’s a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a single electric motor integrated with a 6-speed automatic. The regular hybrid setup is good for 226 hp while the plug-in hybrid setup is good for 261 hp. The plug-in hybrid also has a 13.8-kilowatt-hour battery that will deliver an estimated 32 miles of electric range.

For more on the Kia Sportage, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

Source: Motor Authority

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