2023 Kia Sportage: Redesign, Engine Options, Release Date and Price

More and more information about the upcoming 2023 Kia Sportage is available, and it seems that the manufacturer could release it later in the year. If you didn’t know, the redesigned Kia Sportage was unveiled last month, and the South Korean automaker shared some details about this incredible SUV. As expected, the upcoming SUV looks super chic inside and out.

The first thing we noticed about the redesigned Kia Sportage is its more assertive styling. Interestingly, it seems that the design is inspired by the upcoming EV6 electric model. Besides, the new model will be offered with two engine options, including a 2.4-liter inline-4 and a more potent 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4.

2023 Kia Sportage side

2023 Kia Sportage Exterior

The latest 2023 Kia Sportage looks refreshed and more stylish than before. First of all, we noticed a more assertive styling inspired by the EV6 electric model.

It wears a revised version of the brand’s signature Tiger Nose grille, which is similar to what we’ve seen on other Kia models like the Seltos, Sorento, as well as the new K5 sedan. The new SUV also comes with revised headlights, featuring new a graphic. Moreover, for more distinctive and handsome styling, the manufacturer added a black roof and a range of different wheels, spanning between 17 and 19 inches.

Cabin Upgrades

With enough room to fit five passengers, the new 2023 Kia Sportage offers excellent comfort. However, this SUV isn’t the most spacious compact crossover in the segment, but it keeps pretty well with others. It offers rear legroom of 38.2 inches and cargo space of 30.7. Interestingly, putting down the second row of seats, it doubles capacity to 60.1 cubic feet.

Overall, the Kia Sportage is both pleasant and user-friendly. It comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB port, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 160-watt/6-speaker audio setup. Driver aids are also great, and with the bases model, you will get a forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance.

2023 Kia Sportage interior

2023 Kia Sportage Engine Specs

Beneath the newest 2023 Kia Sportage hood are two engine options. The main engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder unit hat makes 181 horsepower. This engine, according to Kia, is rated EPA city/highway 23/30 mpg (FWD), 22/26 mpg (AWD).

However, if this is not enough, you can also get a range-topping SX Turbo model. This one comes with a turbocharged engine consisting of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder configuration and makes a meaty 240 horsepower. However, if you add the AWD system, the horses will drop to 237. Both engines are offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) as the basic setup. It’s not also harmful to mention that the maximum towing capacity of the Sportage is 2,000 pounds, regardless of engine.

2023 Kia Sportage rear

Release Date, Price

The release of the new 2023 Kia Sportage will reportedly happen later in the year. This model is one of the most selling KIA models after the Sorento SUV. However, the manufacturer didn’t reveal any information about its pricing, but we expect it to be slightly higher than before.

The current base model starts at $25,265, while the SX Turbo, with an all-wheel drive, tops $36,425. The Kia Sportage is very competitive in its segment, and its sparring partners are the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Nissan Rogue.

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