Kia's Next Sportage Will Shame Most Rivals

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A full reveal is just around the corner.

Kia has been an auto industry design powerhouse for the past several years and this trend is showing no signs of slowing down. The next-generation Kia Sportage, due for 2022, is currently undergoing final testing ahead of its official reveal and our spy photographers managed to capture this happening over in Europe.

This time, the prototype is wearing production lights though they're still covered by camouflage. We're still able to see, however, the distinct shape and position of the LED daytime running lights that'll contribute heavily to the compact SUV crossovers styling. We can also make out a more sloping and slimmer-looking C-pillar for a sportier look compared to the outgoing fourth-generation model.

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The rear end, also covered in dark camo, will look completely different than what we're currently used to. And, of course, the new Sportage will wear Kia's newly redesigned logo. Previously published renderings, based on older spy shots, forecast a vehicle that'll not only stand out against its rivals design-wise, but the look will be considerably more upscale overall. The new Sportage should be able to hold its own in the design department compared to the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Buyers will have a choice of a few engines, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid options, and thanks to its corporate cousin, the also-new Hyundai Tucson, we already know some specifics.

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The base model is expected to come with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter with 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. AWD will be optional. Two hybrids will be on hand, both utilizing a 1.6-liter turbo engine paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 226 hp. The PHEV may not be revealed at launch, but sources indicate it'll have a total of 261 hp and an all-electric range of 28 miles. Like every Kia, the new Sportage will come packed with a nice array of standard features.

Assuming everything remains on schedule, we're told the sheets will be pulled off the 2022 Sportage sometime next month.

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