May 6th, 2022 by

This week, the all-new Kia Sportage will take to the desert roads of California for its National Press Introduction. Media outlets from around the country will have an opportunity to experience the Sportage both on- and off-road to fully understand its wide range of driving characteristics.

As Kia’s longest running nameplate which pioneered its segment, the Sportage undergoes its most significant change to date as the fifth generation is unveiled. Developed as part of Kia’s new global brand transformation, “Movement that Inspires,” the all-new 2023 Sportage subcompact SUV delivers more of everything for today’s savvy, adventurous and eco-conscious consumers.

Exuding the brand’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy, the new Sportage is a welcome addition in a sea of bland-looking subcompact SUVs that crowd today’s market. Significantly larger, more capable and powerful, and more fuel efficient, the fifth-generation model debuts a number of Sportage firsts including an available dual panoramic curved digital display and an exciting new variant that will literally take consumers to new heights. Most Sportage trims will now be assembled in the U.S., alongside the award-winning Telluride, Sorento, and K5 at Kia’s manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia.

The Sportage delivers something for everyone, with a diverse lineup and trim levels that include the LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line, while the all-new Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trims allow drivers to venture further into nature with off-road ready features including all-terrain tires, among other elements. To that end, journalists will drive the new Sportage X-Pro this week on a specially designed course built to demonstrate its rugged capabilities and off-road prowess. From side slopes to steep descents and deep ruts, the Sportage will tread a variety of obstacles and challenges.

The 2023 Sportage MSRP starts at $25,990 for the FWD LX model and tops out at $36,790 for the AWD X-Pro Prestige model. The destination charge is an additional $1,255. The Sportage arrives in Kia showrooms this spring.

A Balancing Act in Design

Bearing all the elements of Kia’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy, Sportage’s distinctive appearance leaves a lasting impression with its contrasting but unified elements. Smooth, soft surfaces are offset by rugged, sheer forms, combining off-road confidence with cutting edge modern cues. It’s sleek and ready for anything.

  • Tiger nose grille gets more technical with floating design, perched above blacked out grille graphic that spans the entire width of the front fascia
  • Distinct “boomerang” daytime running lights immediately draw the eye with dramatic angles, which push the uniquely shaped headlights to the outer corners
  • Angular fenders lend Sportage a sharp and strong presence
  • Crisp shoulder line rises from the hood and runs down the side, adding more volume to overall shape
  • Muscular shoulders around the rear flow into futuristic “notch-shaped” taillights, which are seamlessly connected by a thin black graphic across the tailgate

A Living Space Both Comfortable and Connected

Inspired by high-end outdoor products, furniture, and modern architecture, the Sportage’s interior is a new concept for Kia, transforming the cabin into a pleasant living space, complete with near-luxury, thoughtful features:

  • Futuristic driver cockpit with available dual panoramic curved display seamlessly connects two screens for nearly 25-inches of digital bliss (12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch infotainment screen)
  • Angular air vents hug the curved display for a simple and technical overall dash layout
  • Asymmetrical console puts controls and buttons at driver’s hand with ease, while also boasting smart storage solutions, including cup holders that come undone when they need to hold something other than a cup (think tablet, etc.)
  • Real stitching and detailed pattern on the seats creates a feeling of indulgence (SX and above), along with animal-free leather (EX and above)
  • Innovative coat hanger molded behind front headrests, with useable seatbacks that also house USB ports and an integrated hook for shopping bags or for organizing charging cables

To further distinguish itself from the hot-selling Seltos and more clearly define its space in Kia’s robust SUV lineup, the Sportage has gone from one of the smallest SUVs in its class to one of the largest. With best-in-class rear legroom7, rear passengers are greeted with a more relaxing space where they can feel good about kicking back.

  • Overall length is 7.1 inches longer than previous generation, with a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase
  • Taller and wider by a half inch compared to the previous generation
  • Class-leading rear legroom with 41.3 inches of room
  • Best-in-class rear cargo capacity with 39.6 cu-ft. of space
  • Dual level cargo floor

To match the high-tech interior, the Sportage abounds with standard and available infotainment to keep drivers connected, confident, and informed of what’s going on around them.

  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all trims
  • Intuitive new touchpad with climate and audio controls sits beneath infotainment screen; switching between functions changes what physical knobs do, whether it’s controlling temperature or adjusting the volume
  • Available 360-degree Surround-View Monitor with 3D view provides a bird’s-eye view of vehicle surroundings
  • Available Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Multi-connection Bluetooth simultaneously links two smartphones
  • Personalized profile that can be set up to remember climate and infotainment preferences, phone connection pairings, etc. (EX and above)
  • Available wireless charging pad built inside the upper tray
  • Available Kia Connect services provide advanced embedded connectivity to take the customer experience to an all-new level:
  • A Sportage first, the Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to 4G LTE-based internet
  • Includes over the air map updates for eligible vehicles
  • Refreshed Kia Access App with newly added compatibility through Apple- and Android-based smartwatches to access features like remote climate control, door lock/unlock and more
  • Peace of mind with the recently introduced stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization capability
  • Connected Routing: Cloud-based system calculates the optimal route using real-time maps and predicted traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users
  • Smart Speaker Integration lets customers use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant enabled smart speakers or devices to remotely control some functions (such as remote start)

New Foundation

Underpinned by the same all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform found in the Sorento, the chassis provides a rigid base and aims to offer:

  • Better driving dynamics via expanded use of hot-stamped parts and ultra-high-strength steel for increased average tensile strength and torsional stiffness
  • Minimized road, wind, and engine noise via greater application of sound absorbing and insulating materials

A Diverse Engine Lineup

Whether you’re an urban adventurer or an off-pavement explorer, there’s a Sportage for you.

  • New 2.5-liter I-4 is more powerful and more fuel efficient than outgoing engine
  • Paired with new 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 187 horsepower
  • FWD or available AWD (AWD-equipped models gain 1.5 inches in ground clearance over outgoing Sportage)
  • The available Active AWD system uses electro-hydraulic coupling with center-locking differential to actively distribute power between front and rear wheels depending on road and driving conditions.
  • Additional powertrains available as Turbo Hybrid and Turbo Plug-in Hybrid

Sportage All-Wheel Drive X-Line and X-Pro

In developing a reputation for building rugged and capable SUVs, Sportage is available in the X-Line and all-new Sportage X-Pro trims. Both come standard with an Active AWD system and a unique tread-like stitching pattern on unique and easy to clean SynTex synthetic leather seats. The Sportage X-Pro will be featured at this week’s press event and will driven on a course designed to showcase its off-road abilities.

Sportage X-Line blends sporty and rugged looking exterior features:

  • Unique front and rear bumpers with a satin chrome surround create a tougher image, complemented by side garnish
  • Side mirrors, roof rack and window surrounds finished in gloss black for a sportier look
  • Raised roof rack rails to support adventure ready accessories
  • Exclusive 19-inch wheels

Sportage X-Pro has off-road hardware to match its design elements, so it doesn’t just look like a trail-ready vehicle – it is.

  • B.F. Goodrich all-terrain tires
  • 17-inch matte black off-road wheels
  • LED fog lights and available LED Projector headlights (standard on X-Pro Prestige) to illuminate the trail ahead if your adventure takes you into the night
  • Heated windshield and wiper washer nozzle
  • Multi-terrain drive modes with Normal, Sport, Smart, and Snow modes specifically tuned for Sportage X-Pro trims to reduce wheel slip, maximize traction and downhill braking control
  • Exclusive two-tone roof available in three exciting colors
  • Ventilated front seats (X-Pro Prestige)
  • 8-way power front passenger seat (X-Pro Prestige)

Inspiring Driver Confidence with Advanced Driver Assistance

There’s no shortage of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Even at the base LX level, drivers will appreciate the convenience of having some of Kia’s most technologically advanced systems.

  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW): Analyzes the driver’s attention level and provides a warning if a break is recommended. It may also provide a leading vehicle departure alert, if the leading vehicle departs from a stop and the driver does not react within a certain time period.
  • LED Headlights with High Beam Assist (HBA): Engineered to automatically dim the headlights when an oncoming or leading vehicle is detected, then return to high beams when vehicles are no longer detected
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA): Helps detect lane markings and vehicles ahead and provides steering inputs to help center the vehicle in the lane
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA): Helps detect lane markings and provides steering inputs to help prevent the vehicle from leaving the lane while driving
  • Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Cyclist detection capability: Warns if there is risk of a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist in front of the vehicle while driving and may automatically assist with braking
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA): Provides a warning to the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle
  • Rear View Monitor (RVM) with Dynamic Parking Guidance: Provides view of behind the vehicle, with guidelines that adjust to follow the direction the vehicle is turning
  • Reverse Parking Distance Warning (PDW-R): Detects certain objects behind the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected. The warning tone chimes faster as the vehicle gets closer to the detected object

Optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems:

  • Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM): Projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster when activated via the turn signal
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA): May help avoid a collision with rear-side vehicles when changing lanes
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA) with Parallel Exit: May help avoid collisions with rear-side vehicles when exiting parallel parking spot by automatically assisting with braking
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA): Helps detect approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and may apply brakes
  • Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Junction Turning capability: Helps avoid collisions with an oncoming vehicle while turning left at an intersection
  • Forward Parking Distance Warning (PDW-F): Detects certain objects in front of the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected. The warning tone chimes faster as the vehicle gets closer to the detected object
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA): Helps maintain a set speed and distance from the vehicle detected in front and helps keep vehicle centered in the lane
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA): Uses speed limit information detected through the front camera or GPS navigation information (when activated) and issues warning if the speed is over the speed limit
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to help lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
  • Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance (PCA-R): May help avoid collisions with rear pedestrians or objects detected during reverse parking, potentially automatically assisting with emergency braking if the risk of a collision increases after warning
  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW): Provides a warning when a vehicle is approaching from the rear-side while someone is exiting the vehicle
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go: Helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and drive at a speed set by the driver, including in certain stop-and-go driving conditions
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