It looks even better in the metal.
The 2022 Kia Sportage debuted this week, and to say that the design is a radical departure from its predecessor is an understatement. This is the second model that showcases Kia's new "Opposites United" design direction first shown on the EV6, characterized with diamond-shaped headlights, boomerang-shaped daytime running lights that merge into the redesigned tiger-nose grille, and sharp body creases.
It's a bold and busy design that's bound to be polarizing. So far, we've only seen the new Kia Sportage in press photos, but a new video published by Woopa TV shows us what it looks like in real life.
The narration is in Korean, but we get to see the new Sportage in the metal from every angle. Whereas the model shown off in press photos is finished in white, this example has a black exterior, which looks less cluttered and more menacing.
The contrasting white daytime running lights also stand out against the black finish, giving the Sportage a very striking face. This appears to be the more aggressive X-Line trim, which adds a roof rack, unique bumpers, and side sills. In our eyes, the new Kia Sportage looks even more stunning in the metal.
We don't get a look inside the car, but press shots have shown the new Sportage will feature a wide curved display incorporating a digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen along with more premium materials.
Kia hasn't confirmed the powertrain details yet, but we're expecting it to share the same 2.5-liter engine as the Hyundai Tucson, which generates 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The Tucson is also available with a hybrid 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which should carry over to the new Sportage. A plug-in hybrid variant is also expected to join the lineup. Deliveries for the new Kia Sportage will kick off later this year - pricing details will be announced closer to the on-sale date.