AutoThe Sportage takes the definitive leap

The Sportage takes the definitive leap

Korean firms have long lost their shame on the old continent. They want to conquer the European public and they go with all of them. An example of this is the launch of the new generation of the Kia Sportage, a mid-size SUV that has completely changed both aesthetically and in its intentions in the market. It is no longer satisfied with falling in love for its coherence and value for money , now they will do it from the first moment. Of course, with a risky and groundbreaking design to say the least. His most direct rival is at a neighboring house, with the Hyundai Tucson, but he is also ready to face the Seat Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and many others. It will do so with an interesting power supply, which will have gasoline, diesel, conventional hybrids and a 265 hp plug-in hybrid variant. We still do not have the prices of the range but we can tell you many news.

The Kia Sportage will arrive in 2022 and it will do so on the N3 platform of the Hyundai group, hence the Tucson is its direct competition. This architecture is stiffer and has 10 millimeters more wheelbase, so a larger cabin for the rear seats and a sizeable boot is expected. However, the substantial difference compared to the 2018 model , its latest update, is aesthetics . We have already seen it with novelties like the EV6 but the design language of the Kia era is very special. Some might say that it has too many shapes, volumes, and edges. Others will have fallen in love with the Kia Sportage instantly. It usually happens with transgressive cars, or like or hate each other.

The changes are not only on the outside, they also affect the dashboard and equipment. We see two 12.3-inch panoramic and integrated screens, as marked by Mercedes-Benz at the time with the A-Class. Despite the digital leap, Kia maintains the classic buttons on the center console and in the air conditioning, a detail that is appreciated by the time to circulate and is a plus of security. During the presentation we were able to get on the future Sportage and these are our first sensations in a gallery.

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