The 2023 Kia Sportage has debuted and it's quite striking
Kia's new compact crossover is edgier than it has been
The compact SUV has continued to rise in popularity over the years and as that's happened we've seen the design of these vehicles elevate. The 2023 Kia Sportage is following in that trend.
Though it's different in style to what you could call it's sibling, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai-Kia has made sure both crossovers are bold and interesting in both design and detail.
The global version of the Sportage has an unconventional front lighting set up with low mounted headlights and boomerang shaped LED lighting accents. The taillights look similar to those of the new Kia EV6 electric car. While some luxury SUVs have a coupe like tapered roofline, the Sportage gets away with that look without having a tapered roofline with the combination of the greenhouse subtly sloping towards the D pillar and the beltline rising.
The interior of the Sportage seems to be much more upscale than previous models. There's a digital instrument cluster and large widescreen infotainment system which look to be mounted under a single piece of glass. This feature is flanked by interestingly shaped air vents on either side and on the center stack there appears to be a rotary shifter alongside an array of buttons.
While Kia hasn't released any mechanical information about the Sportage, we can take a guess for the US version. It's quite likely that the powertrain options will mirror that of the Tucson meaning that there could be a 2.5 liter inline four base engine with possible hybrid and plug in hybrid options to come. But what we're all hoping for is the option of a more powerful 2.5 liter turbocharged inline four.
More information about the Sportage should be released later this year and look for the Sportage to grace the US in as soon as early 2022.