It should have a lot in common with the new Hyundai Tucson.
Now that the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson has debuted, it's only a matter of time before its corporate sibling, the Kia Sportage, gets a redesign. For the 2020 model year, Kia's compact crossover was given a facelift to keep it looking fresh against the competition, but according to a new report by Korean Car Blog, the new fifth-generation model will debut next year. In South Korea, the new Sportage will allegedly debut in April 2021, so the US version will likely arrive later in 2021 and go on sale as a 2022 model.
The new Kia Sportage is reportedly being developed under the codename 'NQ5.' Development of Kia's next-generation crossover is still at an early stage, but the publication claims it will sport a new design language.
If the new Tucson is anything to go by, the design could be a dramatic departure from the old model. Just as Hyundai previewed the new Tucson with the Vision T Concept, Kia is expected to present a new concept that will give us an idea of what the next-generation Sportage will look like.
According to the publication, the new Kia Sportage was originally supposed to debut earlier, but development has been delayed due to some design changes. It's believed that two wheelbase versions will be offered in South Korea, including a long wheelbase variant with more legroom in the back.
Mechanically, we're expecting the new Kia Sportage to be identical to the new Hyundai Tucson, so expect a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque paired with eight-speed automatic transmission to be on the US engine options list. Like the current-generation model, there will also likely be a range-topping version with more power than the Tucson.
In the US, the more efficient Tucson Hybrid is offered with a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four engine rated at 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. A new AWD plug-in hybrid utilizing the same 1.6-liter engine will also be available. Both of these electrified options should carry over to the new Sportage. Hopefully, it won't be long until our spy photographers catch Kia testing a prototype 2022 Sportage to give us an idea of the crossover's future design direction.