Last month was the Telluride. Now the Sportage takes center stage.
Last month at Detroit it was all about the new Kia Telluride three-row crossover, but the automaker has not forgotten about the smaller and popular Sportage. Making its official debut here at the 2019 Chicago Auto is the facelifted 2020 Kia Sportage which features updated exterior styling, a new trim level, and more convenience features.
The refreshed exterior sports new headlights with optional LED turn indicators, redesigned projector-beam fog lights, and even available LED headlights and fog lights. Kia enhanced the current generation Sportage's Euro-inspired design rather than changing it completely, and we think this was the right move. Notice the new front grille, bumper, air intake, and skid plate along with new alloy wheel designs.
Out back, there's a restyled bumper and skid plate. Kia even went as far as to redesign smaller details like the exhaust tip and tail light trim. Paint colors apparently carry-over from the current model, with one exception: the addition of metallic Steel Grey.
The updated interior can also be optioned with Sofino leatherette seating surfaces. Some standard features will include an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a new steering wheel and vent bezel designs. A wireless charging tray for smartphones is now optional. Also new for 2020 is the new S trim, which we presume to be slotted below the LX, EX, and SX variants. (Pictured below are images of the Euro-spec 2019 Sportage)
Engine offerings are the same as they are now: a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque or the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the front wheels. All-wheel-drive remains optional.
Prospective buyers will be pleased to hear that Kia is making available several driver assist features for 2020, among them driver attention warning, lane keeping assist, smart cruise control with start/stop, forward collision assist with pedestrian detection, and high beam assist.
Official pricing and an on-sale date will be announced in a few months.