Kia has released the first images of the new Sportage. The fifth generation can already be seen inside and out, although Kia keeps comprehensive technical data under wraps. In any case, enough can be said about the appearance.
It seems that car designers are in very extravagant fields. More than once the cars have been designed in a dazzling way, full of sensual lines and visual drama. Although Kia follows a very distinctive design path to a lesser extent than sister brand Hyundai, the brand does come with, among other things, pronounced EV6 Quite expressive from the angle. Kia proves it can get even more powerful with the new fifth generation Sportage.
The Sportage, which is currently still at dealers, has been around since 2015. A very outspoken model soon followed. Just like the aforementioned EV6, it’s drawn according to Kia’s design philosophy of “United Contrasts.” This might sound like a nice PR talk, but it’s immediately clear that Kia has done serious work for the new Sportage.
Great visual appeal is its premise. Kia gives it a massive grille, flanked on both sides by striking arm-shaped units that house LED daytime running lights. Actual headlight units are filled with hook-shaped lighting. As seen from the side, the new Sportage is unlike the previous model. The korean has a strongly raised shoulder line that visually merges into the D-pillar with silver-tone trim. The roof is also available in black for the first time. The lighting in the back is quite expressive as well. The tail lights are slightly tapered down and have a spur on the wings. The units themselves are attached visually by black plastic tape. For the first time, an X-Line hardwearing version will also be available. XLine name We already know him from Picanto, among other things. The Sportage X-Line has, among other things, various bumper works and roof racks.
The interior looks solid and modern. Behind the steering wheel – including the new Kia logo – is a large dashboard that houses the digital instrumentation and infotainment system screen. On either side of it are the ventilation grilles of a striking shape, which is the grille for the driver’s facilities that fills the rest of the car. View the dashboard.
As mentioned, Kia keeps comprehensive information strictly confidential. Technically, the new Sportage is very similar to the recently reviewed onlangs models Tucson from Hyundai. Count on the hybrid powertrain, but also on electric hybrid and a mild hybrid variant. Kia says it will release more information soon.
With 41,825 copies sold since 2005, the Kia Sportage is the best-selling Kia in our country after the Picanto and Rio. Last year, 449 units left the showroom, a fraction of the 3,000 copies Kia sold in 2016. The Sportage had its best year sales in 2011, when 5,513 third-generation units found a Dutch owner.