The radical-looking crossover is a very impressive package.
The fifth-generation Kia Sportage compact crossover was revealed last month and the jury is still out regarding its bold makeover. At the time, some key technical details were not available but the South Korean automaker has now released them along with some new photos.
Measuring at 183.5 inches long, 73.4 inches wide, 65.3 inches tall, and with a 108.4-inch wheelbase, Kia says the 2022 Sportage's new platform, which it shares with its equally polarizing corporate cousin, the also all-new Hyundai Tucson, contributes to better overall driving characteristics including a more refined ride and dynamic handling. Up front, the crossover has a MacPherson strut-type suspension and the rear receives a four-link setup.
The new Electronic Control Suspension's continuous damping system and electronic AWD system further contribute towards solid driving characteristics. The new Terrain Mode, consisting of Drive, Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart sub-settings, enables drivers to adjust the vehicle's capabilities to better handle different terrain types.
Under the hood, there's a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch or a six-speed manual. As this is the global model, we highly doubt the manual gearbox will be offered in the US. Interestingly, Kia didn't clarify whether or not this is the base engine.
We doubt it because its Tucson relative comes standard with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four delivering 187 hp and 178 lb-ft. Chances are, this will be the case for the US-spec Sportage but we're still waiting for official confirmation on that. A 2.0-liter diesel with 183 hp and 308 lb-ft paired only to an eight-speed automatic will be available to overseas buyers. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will arrive at a later date, both of which will have a new system called E-Handling. More details to come.
Safety-wise, the new Sportage comes equipped with a full suite of advanced driver-assistance systems like forward-collision avoidance assist, highway driving assist, and smart cruise control.
Full trim information is also not available, though depending on spec, buyers will have a choice of 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels with seven unique alloy designs and colors.
Inside, the sculpted curve display boasts a slim 12-inch touchscreen and detailed air vents. The equally-sized instrument cluster has a liquid-crystal display. Over-the-air updates are also standard across the line. A Harmon Kardon sound system is optional. Kia is also beefing up the crossover's attitude with the new X-Line trim that tacks on a lugged bumper, side sill, and curved roof rack. The GT-Line, by contrast, has a more urban look with "spirited" body colors.
Sales will get underway globally by the end of this year.