At least if Kia's design team follows this blueprint.
Kia has been pushing for domination in the compact SUV market as of late, and with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson already having made its debut, the new Kia Sportage is expected to follow. The Sportage was given a decent facelift for 2020 to keep up with its contemporaries, but according to sources, the new car will be making its debut next year, with North America getting the Korean SUV later in 2021 as a 2022 model year. For those who cannot wait to see what the new car will look like, designer AtchaCars has put together a detailed digital rendering that should give fans a better look at the overall design, with the hopes that the rear product won't stray too far from these imaginings.
In the video, the designer explains that the side profile of the rendered Sportage takes a lot of inspiration from the new Hyundai Tucson and makes use of aggressive lines and geometric shapes to shape the car. The roofline is clearly coupe-like, and the headlights have been enlarged to make it look "future-oriented". The final product is a car that looks much more attractive than the current-generation car but still remains true to the overall styling of Kia's latest and upcoming creations.
The new Kia Sportage will share its platform and powertrain options with its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson, and is expected to make use of the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. Power will be sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque should also be available, as will a new AWD plug-in hybrid. The Sportage puzzle is quickly coming together, and one can only hope that it turns out as great as these attractive renders.