The all-new 2022 Kia Sportage has been revealed ahead of an Australian launch towards the end of this year.
Externally, the Sportage shows considerably more flair than the outgoing model with a modern front end featuring new LED headlights with "boomerang-shaped" LED daytime running lights, a larger 'tiger nose' grille, and the brand’s new logo.
There’s also a sloping roofline, restyled LED tail-lights and wider rear haunches. Some markets will also get the option of a two-tone exterior paint finish with a contrasting roof.
Like the related Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage will be produced in two different wheelbase lengths to suit the market. European buyers will get the shorter version, while Australia will likely get the larger variant.
Kia has also announced a rugged-looking Sportage X-Line will be offered for the first time. It will be differentiated by unique bumpers and side sills, a roof rack, sage green or black seat trim, and a selection of unique interior trims.
The most significant changes are found in the cabin. The instrument binnacle and infotainment system now consist of two 10.25-inch displays (possible size).
Other changes include three-dimensional air vent designs, new HVAC controls and a shift-by-wire rotary gear selector. The latter is likely to only feature on higher grades.
At this stage, Kia has not released any powertrain details, however, buyers can expect the Sportage to use the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the Tucson.
The new Kia Sportage is scheduled to reach local showrooms later this year, full specs and pricing will be confirmed closer to the launch date.
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