Yesterday, Kia released the first sketches of the 5th iteraction of its Sportage SUV. The vehicle teased corresponds to the new long wheelbase model that will be offered in South Korea or the United States, which is set to be released on its local market as soon as July.
But for the European market, Kia will launch an specific model, with shorter wheelbase and around 4,50 meters. This specific model, that will have almost the same design despite smaller details like the bumper design, is set to be released in September.
The confirmation comes from Kia Europe’s Marketing Director, Carlos Lahoz. Despite the European press release says “more details will be revealed in September”, Mr. Lahoz directly says it will be released in September. So that’s a big difference.
The All-New Sportage will repeat the same formula used by the Hyundai Tucson. Currently Hyundai’s brother from another mother has two versions, a regular one sold in Europe (4,50 meters) and a long wheelbase model stretched to 4,63 meters for countries like South Korea, USA or Australia. The car looks almost the same despite the longer rear door and bigger rear overhang.
Differences between European Sportage (left) and KDM/US-spec Sportage (right). While taillights, wheels, etc have the same design if you look to the C-Pillar you will notice the differences.
Like with the all-new Tucson, the 5th gen Sportage will have several hybrid models, from mild-hybrid to hybrid or plug-in hybrid. In terms of 48-volt mild hybrid technology, we are sure customers will be able to choose from three different options (same options as Tucson):
- 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 150 PS and front-wheel drive
- 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 180 PS with optional four-wheel drive
- 1.6-litre CRDi Smartstream with 136 PS with optional four-wheel drive
The “real” hybrid version will be based on the new 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) Smartstream engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT). The combined output is 230 hp.
When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream gasoline engine is available with 150 PS, a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre CRDi Smartstream diesel engine will be available with 115 PS and a six-speed manual transmission with front-wheel drive.
A plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Sportage with a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine and 265 PS will also be available to customers. This model could arrive before the end of the year or early 2022.