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Kia unveils new Sportage with bolder look

5 2021 Kia Sportage

Kia has showcased the upcoming Sportage SUV, ahead of its official launch in the autumn.

The all-new model has been given a bolder look than previous models, taking design inspiration from the new Kia EV6.

It’s also the first Sportage that will be offered in a dedicated version for Europe.

A key rival will be the recently-launched Nissan Qashqai.

“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and 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,” said Karim Habib, senior vice president and head of Global Design Center.

Details about the engine line-up are yet to be revealed, but its likely the Sportage will share the range of powertrains offered in the closely-related Hyundai Tucson. Including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

Kia says the interior of the all-new Sportage creates “a driver-orientated space that is truly state-of-the-art”.

The infotainment screen and digital instrument display are connected in one wrap-around panel, while a raised centre console houses a rotary gear selector and switches for key functions.

For 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.

For the first time a more rugged model, known as X-Line, will be offered with a unique bumper, side sill and curved roof rack. On the inside, the X-Line can be specified with sage green or black seating, as well as black metal wood.

The Sportage will launch later in 2021, with more details available in September.

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