Is it bold or garish? You decide.
Like Hyundai, Kia has banished any remaining perceptions of its cars being "boring" with recently redesigned models like the K5 sedan and the strong-selling Telluride. Quite simply, the numbers speak for themselves. Also up for a redesign is the Kia Sportage, with recent spy shots and realistic renderings indicating that it will be a significant departure from the current model. A new render has just been shared of the 2022 Kia Sportage, giving us another idea of what the SUV could look like when it arrives.
Just one image was shared of the Sportage in an orange hue with a front three-quarter view. It looks somewhat similar to a previous render of the Sportage that we saw, with angular headlight clusters and distinctive LED daytime running lamps that remind us of the aggressive new Kia K5. However, this latest render features an even more aggressive mesh grille treatment than the previous render. The artist has also included Kia's new logo on the hood.
Along the sides, a rising beltline and defined rear haunches contribute to the bold look. Meanwhile, there is a slimmer C-pillar relative to the current model. The grille itself seems a bit overdone, but if that was toned down, this would be a worthy successor to the current Sportage.
We expect the Sportage to share its powertrain options with the dramatic 2022 Hyundai Tucson, which would mean it'll use a 2.5-liter Smartstream gas engine and a 1.6-liter turbocharged gas engine combined with an electric motor. The latter powertrain produces 226 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Tucson. Both front- and all-wheel-drive variants of the Tucson will be on offer, which should filter through to the upcoming Sportage. With these Korean marques on a clear upward trajectory, the next Sportage should further cement their dominance in the crossover segment.