Kia says the new Sportage is “urban-friendly,” and wears a “bold, athletic, and sporty” design. Although it somewhat resembles a new Sorento that shrunk in the wash, we’d agree. The front and rear haunches are much more pronounced, while the thick, upright C-pillar is somewhat reminiscent of the brand’s funky Soul compact. Deep character lines accentuate the lower edges of the doors and rear hatch, and also lend the rear wheelarches some extra definition.
We’ve yet to receive any finalized specifications for the new Sportage, but Kia says it is longer, wider, and lower than the outgoing model, and promises more cargo and passenger space inside. Ride quality has reportedly been vastly improved, thanks in part to the stretched wheelbase.
Kia will likely offer the Sorento with a host of gasoline and diesel powerplants in Europe, but we assume powertrain offerings for North American models will likely resemble those offered in the Hyundai Tucson. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the corporate 2.4-liter I-4 placed underhood, mated to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
Look for more information on the Sportage to arrive in the coming weeks. Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest news from the Geneva motor show.