It's set for a full reveal early next month.
The Kia Sportage is a family crossover that has been lagging behind the rest of Kia's products for a while now. It's not that the vehicle itself isn't any good, it's just that the design was starting to look a little dated against the fresh new arrivals of vehicles like the Niro and, most recently, the Forte. Other markets have already had their version of the new Kia Sportage revealed, but ours has been kept under wraps. That is changing now, as Kia has just provided another teaser that is much more revealing than the shadowy image we received months ago.
While it would be unwise to completely rule out the possibility of some changes for our model, it seems clear just from this one image depicting the front-end lighting signature that our 2023 Sportage will look no different from that of other markets. That means a funky new daytime running light signature that pushes the headlights to the extremities and a full-width reinterpretation of the Kia 'Tiger Nose' grille connecting each lighting cluster.
Along the profile, we expect a tapered glasshouse that culminates in a textured D-pillar and a subtle roof spoiler, while the rear will get LED taillights connected by a faux light bar. Gloss black rocker panels and a silver-highlighted faux diffuser aim to hide visual mass while enhancing sportiness.
Under the hood, we can expect to find a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. That's the case in Europe and the rest of the world, but it's highly unlikely that we'll get the option of the manual here. We could also be getting a different engine in the base model, possibly a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder producing 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque.
Whatever the case, Kia will reveal the new Sportage on Thursday, November 3 in Detroit and we'll be on hand to see it and share all the details of the US-spec model.