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2023 Kia Sportage: First Look

© Kia Motor America2023 Kia Sportage
Today Kia revealed the 2023 Sportage — the fifth generation of the popular subcompact crossover, including X-Line and X-Pro trims to take advantage of an additional 1.5 inches of ground clearance with AWD. The 2023 Kia Sportage is larger, more capable and more potent, powered by a 2.5-liter engine expected to produce 187 horsepower when combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. An available Active AWD system uses an electro-hydraulic coupling with a center-locking differential to actively distribute power between front and rear wheels.

© Kia Motor AmericaExterior Design
Kia dubs the new exterior design as “Opposites United” with smooth, soft surfaces combined with sharp, modern elements. At the front, the Tiger Nose grille has a floating design, positioned above a blacked-out grille that spreads across the front fascia. The sharp angles of the “boomerang” daytime running lights push the uniquely shaped headlights to the outer corners. A crisp shoulder line runs down the side and flows around the rear into notch-shaped taillights connected by a thin black element across the tailgate.

© Kia Motor AmericaInterior Design
Inspired by furniture and modern architecture, Sportage designers sought to transform the interior into more of a living space with available near-luxury features. The driver cockpit offers an available dual panoramic curved display that connects two screens — a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Angular vents bracket the curved display for a simple dash layout. The asymmetrical console positions controls near the driver and incorporates smart storage solutions, including cupholders that can be moved to hold other items. The SX and higher trims feature real stitching and detailed seat patterns, while EX and higher trims add animal-free leather.

© Kia Motor AmericaInfotainment
For the 2023 Kia Sportage, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all trim levels. A touchpad positioned below the infotainment screen controls climate and audio functions. An available Kia Connect Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to 4G LTE-based internet. Available options include a 360-degree surround-view monitor with 3D view, a Harmon Kardon premium audio system, and a wireless charging pad.

© Kia Motor AmericaNew Dimensions
The new 2023 Kia Sportage gets built on the same ridged N3 platform as Sorento to improve driving dynamics and reduce interior road, wind and engine noise. With the addition of the Seltos to the Kia lineup, the fifth-generation Sportage is larger thanks to a 3.4-inch-longer wheelbase and 7.1 inch increase in overall length compared to the previous generation. The new Sportage is also a half-inch taller and a half-inch wider than the previous model.

© Kia Motor America2023 Model Line
The 2023 Kia Sportage will be offered in seven trim levels: LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige. All-wheel drive is standard for X-Line and X-Pro trims, which also feature a tread-like stitching pattern on the SynTex synthetic leather seats.

© Kia Motor AmericaSportage X-Line
The Sportage X-line features unique front and rear bumpers with a satin chrome surround and satin chrome side trim. Side mirrors, the roof rack and window trim are finished in gloss black, and the roof rack has raised rails. Sportage X-Line also receives exclusive 19-inch wheels.

© Kia Motor AmericaSportage X-Pro
The new Sportage X-Pro trim features 17-inch matte black wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, as well as LED fog lights and available LED projector headlights (standard on X-Pro Prestige). The X-Pro also adds a heated windshield and heated wiper washer nozzle. Multi-terrain drive modes include Normal, Sport, Smart and Snow. A two-tone roof is an available option. The X-Pro Prestige adds ventilated front seats and an 8-way power front passenger seat.

© Kia Motor AmericaAdvanced Driver Assistance
The 2023 Sportage incorporates Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance System. Standard features of the system include driver attention warning, lane-following Assist, lane-keeping assist, forward collision avoidance, and reverse parking distance warning. Optional features of the Advanced Driver Assistance System include a blind-spot view monitor, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, highway driving assist, navigation-based smart cruise control-curve, and smart cruise control with stop and go.

© Kia Motor AmericaOn-Sale Date
The 2023 Kia Sportage is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2022, with a hybrid version and other powertrains to follow.

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Published on: October 27, 2021

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