Next-gen Kia Sportage DRL Longer than Expected

by Apr 6, 2021All News, Kia, Spy Shots2 comments

kia sportage nq5 drl

A picture just received from South Korea surprised us. The next-gen Kia Sportage (codenamed as NQ5), caught recently with the rear camouflage removed, was captured in South Korea at night with a longer DRL LED that remains us the one used on the Hyundai Sonata.

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What we know so far?

We spied the fifth generation of the Kia Sportage out on test near the Nürburgring, and the loss of some camouflage (now wearing just sticker camo) allowed us to see the new look. This is the regular short wheel base model, Kia will also launch a long wheel base version, that as far as we know, will be exclusive for China (according to this images, this may vary now).

Especially up front we are looking at some bigger changes with the new positioned head lights. We can also see the bonnet line and we are expecting the latest look of the Kia typical Tiger nose. The new Sportage will also use the brand’s recently revealed new logo.

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The roofline is more sloping and the slimmer looking C-pillar indicating a more sportier look and we can also see that the back will get a completely new look as well. This prototype has a yellow sticker proving that that the new Sportage will also get a hybrid & plug-in hybrid option. Sharing the platform with the new Hyundai Tucson its not really surprising.

Initially the Kia Sportage was sheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2020, 1 year ago, but it was delayed two times, first placed for the end of the year (similar to Tucson launch time) and later for April 2021. A new information that we will share soon says new Sportage SOP is set for June 2021, so the launch could be delayed once again.

Detail of Sportage taillights and auxiliary lights

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. Jtzist .

    Zzzzzzzzz. Wake me when the black dress is finally removed.

  2. Cereus Alias

    What’s the use of the drum roll and the stilted anticipation if only crawling vehicles with lawnmower engines are delivered here afterwards. My last one had 400 Nm and I would like the next one to have 500 Nm, but that seems to be an illusion. The same fiasco as with the actually quite successful Tucson. But with toy-like cubic capacity you don’t need to haul the crappy cars over here at all. What a pity!



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