The upcoming 2023 Kia Sportage is getting additional upgrades. A few days ago, Kia unveiled how the Sportage crossover will look like in the future. Interestingly, the new Sportage will share a lot of stuff with the Hyundai Tucson model. However, Sportage comes with a unique design that departs from the Tucson variant. Moreover, Tucson and Sportage will deploy the same engines, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options.
Hopefully, the new Sportage model will gain more power. The cabin will also introduce interesting refreshments so Kia is providing a very nice facelift to its famous model. The sales will begin at some point next year in the United States.
2023 Sportage Facelift
Hyundai and Kia will continue to share a lot of stuff, including styling cues. The 2023 Kia Sportage won’t look like its Tucson brother, but both of these crossovers have a bold design with intriguing features and side surfacing. The global variant of the Sportage wears an unusual arrangement of the lights up front. That includes low-mounted headlights and distinctive boomerang-shaped LED lighting accents.
The taillights at the back are identical to those on the upcoming Kia EV6 electric model. The beltline increases as the greenhouse gently slope down toward the D-pillar. Thanks to that, you’ll get an impression of the rakish model with the coupe-like roofline, something you can see on luxury SUVs.
The 2023 Kia Sportage appears to be considerably more upmarket on the inside than its predecessor. A digital instrument cluster and a huge widescreen infotainment system appear to be housed behind a single pane of glass. This huge light is bordered on either side by sharp-looking air vents. On the middle stack, there is a rotary shifter as well as a slew of physical buttons.
The comfort is admirable and the Sportage model wears a lot of soft-touch surfaces. Tri-zone climate control comes as standard, along with some new safety aids. The current model already introduced new upholstery and new high-tech amenities, so nothing will change in this category.
New Engine Lineup Includes Plug-In Hybrid Variant
The manufacturer has yet to reveal mechanical specifics about the new 2023 Kia Sportage. On the other hand, we do know what to anticipate from the US version. The powertrain lineup is expected to be similar to that of Tucson. This means a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be offered as standard. Moreover, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will become available as well.
We hope Kia includes the more powerful turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as an available upgrade. Currently, Sportage offers a 2.4-liter engine with 181 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. As for Tucson’s 2.5-liter output, it develops 187 horsepower and it comes with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Kia Sportage Release Date, Price
More details regarding the US variant will be released later this year since the Sportage is expected to arrive in early 2022 as a 2023MY. The forthcoming 2023 Kia Sportage will cost slightly above $25,000, but Kia will provide more information in the coming weeks. Until then, this is pretty much all we know about this modern and upright crossover.