First pictures: New Kia Sportage

Kia has revealed its fifth-generation Sportage, the new version of its big-selling crossover that is due to arrive in the UK at the beginning of 2022.

The European version will be unveiled in September, and will contain some styling differences, particular to the side profile according to reports, but the striking new front and rear are likely to remain as revealed. The styling, which the brand described as providing “new benchmarks for SUV design”, takes the Sportage in line with the Korean brand’s new electric EV6 model that launches later this year.

A Sportage X-Line version featuring unique bumpers, side sill and curved roof rack has been confirmed.

Kia Sportage 2021Although Kia is not saying anything about powertrains for Europe at this stage, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are to be expected, and the ride and handling will be tuned for European tastes. The tweaks for different markets are helped by the fact that Kia will build the European car in Europe, at its Slovakia plant.

“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design,” said Karim Habib, Kia senior vice president and head of global design centre. “With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class.”

The company said the new Sportage’s interior has “boldness in character offering intuitive and innovative technology to create  driver-orientated space that is truly state-of-the-art”, while

“When you see the all-new Sportage in person, with its sleek but powerfully dynamic stance, and when you sit inside the detailed-orientated cabin with its beautifully detailed interior and first-class materials, you’ll see we have achieved those goals and set new benchmarks,” continued Habib. “In the all-new Sportage, we believe you can see the future of our brand and our products.”

More details about technology, powertrains and specification will be revealed in the coming months, ahead of the UK launch.

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