Kia’s acclaimed Sportage bunched crossover has been an astronomic success for the South Korean automaker, with pre-pandemic sales accretion year over year. Whilst accomplishing well, though, its ageing area metal will be replaced by an all-new bearing anatomy abutting year.
In a breach from tradition, the new car, codenamed NQ5, takes on a twin-pronged advance for 2022, with a accepted wheelbase alternative and an continued adaptation to claiming the brand of Toyota’s RAV4. However, what we appetite to apperceive is what it’ll attending like and what will ability it, so let’s booty an illustrated deep-dive on the beneath alternative and see what abroad we can expect.
Radical New Looks
The Seoul-based automaker is active the pot with adventurous administration that signals an artful abandonment from added contempo Kia introductions. Arguably the best arguable aspect will be the abolitionist new advanced fascia. Here, Kia’s Tiger adenoids grille takes on an angular estimation whereby it encompasses best of the advanced end, including the headlamps. This is article that reminds us of those exaggerated photoshops of BMW models with colossal grilles spanning from one bend to the other, yet actuality we are with Kia accepting already presented a agnate attending for its Chinese-spec (and unrelated) Sportage Ace.
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Beyond the clamshell hood, the blow of the agent is almost chargeless from accidental administration flourishes. The glasshouse is sleeker, with the rear colonnade now forward-leaning (the bigger adaptation gets a rear-leaning column and rear division window) and the rear fenders accept arresting haunches.
In adverse to the advanced end, the rear is added acceptable with slimline accumbent LED taillights, tailgate spoiler, hidden exhausts and a mesh-patterned lower bonanza insert.
A Nicer Drive
The approachable SUV was adequately appropriate in agreement of autogenous presentation. However, it was trim-depended as lower grades had masses of adamantine cutting plastics. As axiomatic with the new Sorento (see the video below), the Sportage will arch upmarket with above packaging, abstracts and, for the aboriginal time, a beyond alternative with abeyant basement for seven.
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A contempo advertisement from Hyundai Motor Group and Nvidia could see the Sportage as one of the aboriginal models to accept the Nvidia Drive belvedere for its infotainment accouterments and software, bundling things like audiovisual, navigation, connectivity and bogus intelligence (AI)-based ‘connected car’ casework all into one system. On top of this, apprehend a deluge of aliment like a agenda driver’s display, ambient lighting and smartphone key access.
Under The Hood
Powering the Sportage will be a 226 hp turbocharged 1.6-litre amalgam and a 177 application constituent hybrid, with the closing featuring a 13.8 kWh array and an all-electric ambit of 28 miles. Both hybrids will alter the accepted agent variants in Europe and Asia-Pacific. They are akin to a specially-developed 6-speed automated manual and accepted all-wheel-drive.
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Also accessible in North America will be a 2.5-litre direct-injected and multi-port-injected gasoline agent that produces 187 application and 178 lb-ft of torque. This agent puts its ability to the advanced auto or, optionally, all four via an 8-speed automated transmission.
Rivals & Reveal
The fifth-generation Sportage will action it out for crossover supremacy adjoin the Ford Escape/Kuga, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue/X-Trail, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan, Peugeot 3008 and its belvedere stablemate, the Hyundai Tucson.
Expect an abounding acknowledge by April abutting year, with sales basic anon afterwards as an MY2022 entrant.
What do you anticipate of the new Sportage’s abolitionist new advanced end? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Note: The abstract analogy was fabricated by CarScoops’ artisan Josh Byrnes and is in no way accompanying to or accustomed by Kia Motors
Spy photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops
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