Say hello to the all-new, fifth generation Kia Sportage.

Designers have buried the startled rabbit look of the current model, bringing the car into line with more recent releases, including Seltos and Sorento.

Inside, they’ve created a space described as truly state-of-the-art, fusing hi-tech sensibilities with contemporary style.

Head of Global Design, Karim Habib, said Sportage gave the talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new.

It takes inspiration from the recent brand relaunch as well as the introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design.

“With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class,” he said.

“When you see the all-new Sportage in person, with its sleek but powerfully dynamic stance, and when you sit inside the detailed-oriented cabin with its beautifully detailed interior and first-class materials, you’ll see we have achieved those goals and set new benchmarks.”

All-new Sportage is a collaborative effort between Kia’s main global design network in Korea, Germany, the US, and China.

This time around Sportage the roof can also be specified in a different colour paint to the body.

The elongated grille links Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille to distinctive, futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped daytime running lights — which in turn create solid boundary lines for the striking headlights.

The addition of a chrome beltline creates harmonious lines with the rear spoiler that further adds to the sporting pedigree of the car.

At the rear, the car maintains its strong road presence with powerful broad shoulders.

The rear lights have been crafted to give the impression they cut into the body with fine precision, forming the outline of the rear light graphic and the main section of the tailgate.

The razor rear lights are connected by a slim horizontal design, giving the all-new Sportage a stunningly wide impression from the back.

Inside, a sculpted integrated curved display with a slim crush touchscreen pad and finely detailed air vents forms the nucleus of the spectacular cabin.

A hi-tech touchscreen along with an advanced integrated controller act as the nerve centre for driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and useability needs.

An ergonomic centre console that combines convenience with luxury is finished with a hi-end gloss.

The console provides storage, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, the latter sitting on a raised profile alongside the shift-by-wire transmission dial. 

The highest quality materials gave been used in the cabin that are sumptuous to touch, with dynamic and vibrant colour options and additional energising finishing techniques that include chrome and pad print.

Driver and front passenger seats combine hi-tech with high comfort in sporting slim shell design.

Further enhancing passenger convenience, at the rear of the driver and front passenger seats are integrated hanger-type designs within the slim headrests, allowing clothing and handbags to be easily and conveniently hooked into place. 

As well as two-tone paint, a bolder sportier model has been added to the lineup, specifically designed to convey a more confident, vigorous and versatile character.

All-new Sportage X-Line features a unique bumper, side sill and curved roof rack.

On the inside, customers can choose between a signature sage green or black seating, as well as bold quilting and black metal wood to further bring to life the confident persona.

All-new Sportage will be launched globally later this year, with more information to come. 

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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Peter Evans
Peter Evans
1 month ago

Shades of little step-sister in the Kona-like nostrils at the leading edge of the bonnet!