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2023 Kia Sportage: What We Know So Far

2023 Kia Sportage: What We Know So Far

2023 Kia Sportage: What We Know So Far – Sportage has begun testing in South Korea under heavy camouflage. However, the black tarpaulin that coats every inch of bodywork didn’t stop local artist AtchaCars from giving us this fascinating preview.

The current generation Sportage already has a new Gravity trim. Pictured here, the latest taste of the compact crossover gets an assortment of dark exterior design accents in the same vein that Mohave Gravity launched earlier this year. If you prefer to wait for the entirely new Sportage, this fifth-generation model will be expected to debut in April 2021.

2023 Kia Sportage: What We Know So Far

2023 Kia Sportage What We Know So Far
2023 Kia Sportage What We Know So Far

The new report published by The Korean Car Blog comes about two weeks after the world premiere of Kia Sportage’s cousin, the revamped Hyundai Tucson. While the latter now looks bolder than ever, it’s unclear at this point who is setting the direction his platform-sharing siblings will take. It was spotted recently while undergoing testing, but heavy camouflage blocked the view.

2023 Kia Sportage Redesign

Digital images are made from spy photos, so it should give us a fairly accurate look at the Sportage 2023 design. Inspiration was drawn from Optima’s replacement, the new K5 sedan, which lent its soft curves to the profile. The front end receives a large intake and some sharp LED lights, features that resemble the Urus.

The obvious differences between this and the exit model include a curved roof, a door-mounted mirror, and a coupe-like rear. Code-named NQ5, this new Sportage model should be based on the same platform as Tucson, making it slightly larger than before.

This new generation will come up with the code name “NQ5” and reportedly adopt a fresh design that can be previewed by the concept. That should come as no surprise considering Hyundai did the same with the new Tucson by launching the Vision T in November 2019 before coming out with a production model on September 14.

It is believed Kia should push back the car’s launch and engineer the model with a two-wheeled axis distance configuration, with the LWB model serving a market where rear legroom is a priority. Logic tells us a lot of oily bits will be sourced from the new Tucson, so expect a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol and diesel engine with front-drive and all wheels and mild-hybrid technology.

Hyundai offers a revamped model’s six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and plans to sell a plug-in hybrid with 1.6-liter electrification that delivers a combined 261 horsepower.

2023 Kia Sportage Powertrain

Powertrains will depend on where you live. For example, the European model will utilize a 1.6-liter turbo, which will also be available on hybrid models. We’ve seen many models in this segment drop their diesel engines, and Kia could do the same for the sake of its emissions.

Over in America, the standard engine for the 2023 Sportage should be a new four-cylinder 2.5-liter with direct injection that provides an estimated 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. An 8-speed automatic should be standard, while an AWD would be an option. We can also expect a Sportage GT with turbocharged output in a 250-300 hp ballpark. However, it is much further down the line.

2022 Kia Sportage Release Date

We look forward to seeing more and more prototypes of the 2023 Kia Sportage in the coming years to ease the wait until the expected April 2021 debut for the 2022 model. After seeing Futuron’s striking crossover concept last November, we wanted to find out if some of its design properties would have correspondents on the new compact crossover.

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