The Kia Sportage is being redesigned specifically for the European market.
The all-new 2022 Kia Sportage debuted back in June with a bold new design language inspired by the EV6. With its diamond-shaped headlights, larger proportions, and floating roofline, the 2022 model is a radical departure from its predecessor.
The redesigned Sportage has been well received and is already proving popular as Kia received a record number of orders on its first day of sale. For the first time, Kia is developing a new version of the Sportage specifically for the European market, and it looks a lot different from its American counterpart.
While it will also utilize Kia's Opposites United design language, the design of the European Sportage will be more faithful to the last-generation model. As shown in design sketches, the proportions of the global Sportage are more compact, making it better suited to Europe's narrower roads. For reference, the US 2022 Sportage is 183.5 inches long and has a 108.5-inch wheelbase.
More changes can be found on the profile as Europe's Sportage has a much smaller third window and more pronounced body creases, though the design will likely be toned down on the production model. At the back, the European Sportage gets a unique black bumper design. For the first time, the Kia Sportage will also be available with a black roof.
However, the front looks almost identical to the American Sportage, incorporating the same diamond-shaped headlights, boomerang-shaped daytime running lights, and redesigned Tiger nose grille.
Another teaser sketch gives us a glimpse of the interior, which incorporates a massive curved display incorporating an infotainment screen and a digital gauge cluster. Kia hasn't provided any technical details, but the global model is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch or a six-speed manual.
More details will be revealed when the European-spec 2022 Kia Sportage debuts on September 1. Sales are planned to start later this year.