The 2020 Kia Sportage has been officially revealed by bringing a number of new standard features and several design style improvements, as well as the addition of new “S” trim levels to strengthen the Korean car manufacturer’s brand in the compact SUV segment. One of the most striking changes on the new Sportage is a revision to its exterior design style, while adding new standard features.
Some changes and revisions to the exterior design brought by the 2020 Kia Sportage appear smoother, including the new front grille flanked by revised headlights, new fog lights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, as well as a new exhaust tail tip. The new compact crossover SUV is available with several new wheel design options that are completely different from the current model, including 17-inch wheels, 18-inch wheels, and and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. The redesigned Sportage also comes with new headlights that looks almost similar to the Kia Stinger hatchback, and gets a additional new skid plate under its front fascia.
Under the hood, the 2020 Kia Sportage is still available in two standard engine options that can be paired either to a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Buyers can choose naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cyclinder engines and turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engines, both of which are available with six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the Kia hybrid system and EcoDynamics are not offered for new Sportage on the U.S. market, and this is only available for the European market. As we know that the Kia powertrain hybrid system consists of a four-cylinder diesel engine paired to a 48-volt electric motor.
Some changes and revisions to the interior include new ventilation, new steering-wheel design, standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. In addition, several optional features for the new Sportage crossover are also available such as the UVO telematics and Navigation system, as well as the new wireless smartphone charging pad.
Talking about its safety equipment, the 2020 Kia Sportage is now equipped with additional driver-assistance features and some new safety features include adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, pedestrian detection system, lane-keeping assist, and driver-attention monitor. Standard driver assistance remains available on this new compact crossover such as automatic high-beams, lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking.
Release date and on-sale-date for the 2020 Kia Sportage was announced earlier this year at the Chicago Motor Show, where the new compact crossover SUV will go on sale at the U.S. dealers in the first half of 2019. While the price will be announced closer to its release date. However, expecting the official price for the new Sportage SUV will not be much different from the current model which goes on sale at an starting price of $23,750 for the base LX trim level and $33,100 for the Sportage SX Turbo variant.