With no camouflage, we get a good look at the 2019 Kia Sportage's updated styling.
The Nurburgring isn’t the Kia Sportage’s natural habitat, but this is where our spy photographers recently caught a prototype of the new 2019 facelifted model being put through its paces. And unlike other camouflaged prototypes we’ve seen being given a workout at the Green Hell lately, the Kia Sportage facelift was caught completely undisguised, revealing some minor styling tweaks that give the updated crossover a fresh new look. Compared to the outgoing model, its signature tiger nose grille is larger and sports a slightly different shape.
The LED headlights have also been redesigned, while the air intakes have been revised and look less rounded than before. A new chrome bar has also been added. At the back, a red strip now extends the taillights across the entire rear, while the lower section of the bumper gains a new chrome strip and reflectors. As for possible powertrains, the updated 2019 Kia Sportage will most likely have the same engine options as the current model in the US. That means we can probably expect an entry-level 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. There could also be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 Sportage will also be the first Kia model to be offered with a new 48V mild-hybrid diesel powertrain. Dubbed EcoDynamics+, the powertrain will feature a diesel engine, a mild-hybrid starter-generator and an additional 48-volt lithium-ion battery with a 0.46 kWh capacity. Our spies noted that this prototype is most likely fitted with this hybrid system, as indicated by a yellow sticker that all hybrid test cars are required to have while testing. Given that the 2019 Kia Sportage has been caught completely undisguised, we shouldn’t have to wait too long for an official reveal. A public debut Paris Motor Show in October looks likely.