The Kia Sportage competes with big names in the industry such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4. This well-rounded compact crossover provides comfortable seating for front and rear passengers and also delivers smooth ride quality. The model also offers the turbo power option and has well-designed dash and controls. Kia brought the all-new model for the 2017 model and now has been caught while testing the facelifted version which is expected as the 2019 Kia Sportage.
The refreshed model will bring altered exterior design with most of the changes located on model’s front section. The interior isn’t expected to bring radical changes but the refreshed Sportage could introduce the 48-Volt mild-hybrid technology.
2019 Kia Sportage: Tweaked Looks
The Sportage brings the unique and fresh styling to the class but the 2019 Kia Sportage will go under the knife as the prototype was spotted testing with the thick camo.
The front section of the model is expected to introduce the most notable changes. The front section is expected to introduce new headlights with the “ice cube” signature. The reshaped headlights will get in-square arranged four small projectors design for the more modern look. The lower front section also seems to have new fog lights and tweaked bumper with the new trim piece.
The profile of the model seems to have unaltered body sculpting but Kia will likely introduce new alloy wheels. The rear will also go with the refreshed taillights and some changes on the rear bumper and exhaust outlets.
The caught prototype doesn’t reveal the big changes inside the cabin and we don’t expect radical changes on mode’s cabin design. The Sportage will likely introduce new material and texture options and the upgraded infotainment system. We should also expect more standard features and more accessible safety equipment.
The Sportage already earned the Top Safety Pick award and offers an array of active safety systems. The headlights were actually rated as “Poor” and the new design would likely address the problem.
2019 Kia Sportage: Powertrains
The Sportage is agile and well-balanced crossover and offers the turbo-powered version. The 2019 Kia Sportage will likely return with the same power units from the current version but we could benefit from some improvements. There are no details about the upgrades but the reports suggest the introduction of the 48-volt mild-hybrid version. The hybrid system has the priority to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.
The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the current form produces 181 hp and torque of 175 pound-feet. The SX Turbo version comes powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This makes 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The new model could also get the updated six-speed automatic gearbox and possibly the new 8-speed unit like the bigger Sorento.
2019 Kia Sportage: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Kia Sportage should have the debut in the second part of the year and the on-sale date is expected late in the year or early 2019. The price should stay close to the current range which starts from $23, 600.