Next-gen Kia Sportage Teased Ahead Of Official July Debut
Kia has teased the fifth-gen Sportage SUV ahead of its official debut in July this year. The carmaker has teased in the SUV in a set of official images previewing its design.
The Sportage will feature an all-new design that will draw inspiration from the brand’s first dedicated EV, the EV6. Kia says that the new Sportage will follow the brand’s ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy.
From what is visible in the teaser image, the new Sportage features a sloping roofline, flared wheel arches, a clamshell bonnet, a full-width front grille, C-pillar mounted rear door handle and connected tail lamps. It also gets LED DRLs at the front that flows from the front fender to the bumper similar to what we have seen on the second-gen Creta.
The teaser image also reveals the interior of the SUV. it ditches the conventional setup in favour of a more modern one. It now gets a curved display covering more than half of the dashboard. It will incorporate screens both for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. This screen is flanked by vertically stacked AC vents which further extend below the big screen and to the co-passenger side of the dashboard. Controls for the AC are positioned below the central AC vents.
Kia has not revealed other details of the new Sportage and we will have to wait for the official debut to know the SUV in its entirety.
It is to be noted that Kia doesn’t offer the Sportage SUV in India. It sits above the Seltos in the brand’s global lineup. The carmaker has not said anything about launching the fifth-gen SUV in India. However, Kia plans to launch a 7-seater MPV/SUV in India in early 2022. It is likely to be based on the Seltos SUV and it could be Kia’s version of the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar.
The Kia 7-seater offering has already been spied testing in India. It will feature unique styling, at least at the front. It should get slim headlamps with L-shaped DRLs, dual-tone alloy wheels, roof rails and body cladding around the wheel arches. It is expected to be similar to the Seltos in terms of features while it is likely to share its engines with the Hyundai Alcazar.