We expected Kia to reveal the next-gen Sportage this month, but we’re quickly approaching May without a word from the company. A new video has captured a test vehicle navigating through traffic that shows the crossover still wearing camouflage and skin that conceals much of its design. We expect it to line up with the other recently redesigned Kia models that showcased the company’s bold designs.
The latest video doesn’t reveal much beyond what we’ve seen before, although we can see the taillights in action, which feature a trapezoidal shape similar to vertically stacked headlights. The tight wrap at the front reveals the grille outline, which feels deep and wide while still sporting the tiger nose grille. There also appears to be a wide grille opening in the lower bumper. The rear has a thick coating on the hatch, although we can spot the taillights through the camouflage.
We expect the Sportage to offer two wheelbase lengths, depending on the market, as well as various powertrains. The car is expected to offer gasoline and diesel engine options, as well as electrified engines. The new Sportage will ride on the same platform as the new Hyundai Tucson, which will likely share powertrains as well. That means we could see the new Sportage packing a 3.5-liter four-cylinder developing 187 horsepower (139 kilowatts) with a 1.6-liter hybrid that produces 226 horsepower (169 kW). Spy plans have confirmed that there will also be a PHEV version.
Although Kia has yet to hear when it will reveal the new model, it is rumored that it will go on sale in the United States before the end of the year. It’ll be a welcome update for a model that needs to fend off a bunch of strong competitors. The next-gen Sportage will have a new design inside and out, with a tech-driven interior and a plethora of safety features.