Next-Generation Kia Sportage Looks Radically Different

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Will it be more distinctive than the Hyundai Tucson?

Following the 2022 Hyundai Tucson's official US debut, it shouldn't be too much longer until its Kia-badged sister vehicle arrives on the scene. A few rendering artists have put together visualizations of what the 2022 Kia Sportage will look like, based on a single test mule spy shot taken earlier this year. Our spy photographers have now captured another camouflaged Sportage test mule, this time giving us a much better view of the car.

Most of the details are still under wraps, but this provides a better idea of the overall shape than the previously-spotted prototype with heavy body cladding. Like the Hyundai Tucson, we expect the next-generation Kia Sportage to look radically different from the current model we enjoy today.

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The front end will feature a variation of Kia's signature tiger-nose grille along with completely re-shaped headlights and a new hood. Based on the renderings, the Sportage should bear some resemblance to the K5 sedan, which is a very sporty-looking vehicle.

From the side, the Sportage features rounded wheel arches rather than the squared-off ones on the Tucson. The C-pillar looks much different here as well. At the back, it does not appear like the Sportage will use a connected taillight bar like the Tucson, although it could just be covered by the camo to fool us.

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We expect the Kia Sportage to arrive sporting the same powertrain options as its Hyundai counterpart. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder will act as the base powertrain with 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, while the hybrid model will combine a 1.6-liter turbo-four with an electric motor to produce 226 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Like the Tuscon, the Sportage is expected to arrive with a plug-in hybrid option that delivers an all-electric range of 28 miles and estimated fuel economy ratings of over 70 MPGe.

Expect to see an official global market reveal sometime next year with a US-specific debut to follow.

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