2022 Kia Sportage To Debut Next April: Report
For its final model year in the domestic South Korean market, the current generation Sportage has acquired a new Gravity trim. In the photo, the latest flavor of the compact crossover receives an assortment of dark exterior design accents in a similar vein to the Mohave Gravity launched earlier this year. If you’d rather wait for an all-new Sportage, the fifth-generation model will debut in April 2021.
The new report published by The Korean Automotive 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 what style direction its platform-sharing sibling will take. It was spotted recently in testing, but the thick camouflage obstructed the view.
The new generation is said to use the code name “NQ5” and would adopt a new design that could be previewed as a concept. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering Hyundai did the same with the new Tucson by unveiling the Vision T in November 2019 before releasing the production model on September 14.
It is believed that Kia had to postpone the launch of the car and are in the process of designing the model with two wheelbase configurations, with the LWB model targeting markets where rear legroom is a priority. Logic tells us most of the oily bits will come from the new Tucson, so expect 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive as well as mild hybrid technology. Hyundai offers the revamped model of six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions, and plans to sell a plug-in hybrid with an electrified 1.6-liter developing a combined output of 261 horsepower.
For the US market, the 2022 Tucson has a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter producing around 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 182 pound-feet (260 newton-meters) delivered to the wheels by an eight-speed automatic. For eco-conscious buyers, there will also be a 230bhp 1.6-liter hybrid and that plug-in hybrid we mentioned earlier.
We hope to see more and more prototypes of the Kia Sportage 2022 in the coming months to ease the wait for the so-called April 2021 debut. After seeing the impressive Futuron crossover concept last November, we look forward to find out if any of its design traits will have a matching on the new compact crossover.