Kia provides first look at the all-new Sportage

Nothing short of an overhaul
by Drei Laurel | May 31, 2021
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The Kia Sportage is getting an overhaul. The first teaser images for the next-generation compact SUV have been revealed, and it appears the South Korean car manufacturer has made some drastic changes—at least design-wise.

As with most teasers, the brand has done as much as possible to conceal the vehicle’s new look. The all-new Sportage is draped in shadows, but we do get a look at its face, fenders, and rear. From what we’re seeing, expect an aesthetic that’s equal parts muscular and refined. The sleek C-shaped headlights are a nice touch, while the tapered roofline and large taillights add convey a sense of sportiness and ruggedness, respectively.

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The whole appearance is much more modern than its predecessor’s, and Kia says its  ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy is at the heart of the look.

Inside, we’re given a peek at the Sportage’s new dashboard, which features a curved unified touchscreen infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster. There’s some nice metal or faux metal trim in there, modern A/C vents, as well as a new steering wheel featuring the brand’s revamped logo. Nice.

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“Taking inspiration from an ethos we created where nature meets technology, the all-new Sportage challenges the norm with an adventurous and contemporary exterior and a carefully conceived, beautifully detailed interior,” Karim Habib, head of Kia’s Global Design Center, said in a statement.

“With the all-new Sportage, we were fully focused on challenging ourselves and pushing our fifth-generation SUV to a new level.”

So far, so good. The all-new Sportage is set to be revealed sometime in July of this year, and the carmaker says more details will surface as it moves closer to a debut. Is this something you’re excited about?

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