According to the latest reports, the refreshed version of this crossover will come to North America in the next year, as 2020 Kia Sportage. Those who are more familiar with this popular SUV probably know that this update already affected models for the European and few more markets, so we can easily make a conclusion that same changes are about to come to North America as well. This means changes both in aesthetical and mechanical aspect. The outside of the vehicle will come with a fine amount of new details, as well as the interior. In terms of the mechanics, we are about to see a new hybrid powertrain.
Rest of the model is about to carry on in the same way. All in all seems like a fine amount of interesting changes to come. Expect to see this model sometime in the second half of this year.
2020 Kia Sportage Redesign
The current generation of this crossover is on the market for about three years. Considering that the Korean manufacturer insists on shorter production cycles, this seems like a perfect time to see a mid-cycle update. As you may presume, this refresh won’t affect base design characteristics. The overall design is about to remain unchanged. On the other side, we will see a fine aesthetical touch. Of course, most of the changes will come at the front end.
From what we can see on the European model, the 2020 Kia Sportage will come with a slightly restyled front bumper, which features new fog lights and air intakes. Also, the grille will be tweaked for a bit. Count on two grille colors – black and chrome. On the other end, this crossover will come with new taillights, as well as with a new reverse light, which is integrated into the rear bumper, which also gets some small modifications. Of course, we are about to see new rim designs, as well as a few more color options.
2020 Kia Sportage Interior
A decent number of changes should come on the inside as well. The 2020 Kia Sportage will get a slightly reshaped steering wheel, as well as a new instrument cluster. Rest of the cabin will probably keep familiar layout. That is definitely not a bad thing. Moreover, the Sportage features some of the fines interior designs in the class. Times when this Korean carmaker was knowns for cheap materials have passed. The 2020 Kia Sportage will come with an upscale cabin layout, full of quality, soft-touch materials. In terms of seating configurations, this is a typical two-row SUV. Both rows feature plenty of space, considering the size.
Therefore, it can accommodate five adult passengers without bigger problems. On the other side, a big complaint goes to the cargo area, which is smaller than most rivals. You can count on 31 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the overall capacity goes around 60 cubic feet.
2020 Kia Sportage Features
The current model is already a well-equipped vehicle, but the upcoming refresh should make things even better. According to the latest reports, the current 5-inch touchscreen will be dropped, so a bigger 7-inch unit will be a standard feature in base models. Of course, an even bigger 8-inch screen that comes with a navigation system will be in the offer as well. Also, some reports suggest that things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will become standard features as well. On the other side, a premium Harman Kardon audio system will remain reserved for higher trims.
In terms of safety, the current model comes with plenty of available systems but most of them are optional. More precisely, a rearview camera is the only standard feature in base models. The 2020 Kia Sportage should come with improvements in this aspect.
2020 Kia Sportage Engines
The biggest novelty for the 2020 Kia Sportage should be a new mild hybrid system. It will be based on a familiar 2.0-liter unit, though exact specs are still unavailable. The rest of the lineup should continue in the same way.
Base models will feature a well-known 2.4-liter atmospheric four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.
In higher trims, you can count on a newer 2.0-liter turbo inline-four unit, which is good for about 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, AWD is available with both engines.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Their numbers are not bad, but most rivals are better in this aspect.
2020 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
Considering the expected update, we are pretty sure that the 2020 Kia Sportage will come earlier than usual. That will probably be sometime in the third quarter of a year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which starts at around 24.000 dollars.