The new Kia Sportage is unrecognizable

The Kia Sportage comes in a new look.

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In its four generations so far, the look of the Kia Sportage has changed radically again and again. The fifth edition, which will start this year, also follows this tradition.

The Korean manufacturers are currently stepping on the gas. Not only does Hyundai not only offer internal combustion engines, but also hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen models – the Koreans are also pumping forward when it comes to market presence. The new electronics subsidiary brand Ioniq has just been launched and the classy sub-brand Genesis has been launched on the European markets at the same time. And on their new modular e-drive platform, the Koreans are currently bringing electric models such as the Ioniq 5 or the Kia EV6 onto the market, which are terrifying the competition.

But development does not stop with the existing model series either. Kia has just published the first pictures of the new Sportage – and shows that the design language introduced for the EV6 called “Opposites United” will also be adopted for models with conventional drive in the future. The fifth generation of the compact SUV remains true to its proportions, but the detailed front section with striking light elements and a reinterpretation of the tiger nose grille, which is now referred to as the “Digital Tiger Face”, give the popular SUV a completely new look. The tail lights that reach into the tailgate and are connected by a continuous strip create a distinctive LED light graphic at the rear.

The rear lights, which are connected to one another by a continuous strip, create a striking LED light graphic at the rear.

The rear lights, which are connected to one another by a continuous strip, create a striking LED light graphic at the rear.

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The interior is much more modern and homely.  A digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen characterize the cockpit.

The interior is much more modern and homely. A digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen characterize the cockpit.

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The fifth generation of the Sportage has retained its classic SUV proportions.

The fifth generation of the Sportage has retained its classic SUV proportions.

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The interior is also much fresher with a colorful mix of materials. A large digital instrument cluster and a huge touchscreen for the infotainment system characterize the cockpit. The Koreans want to communicate further details, such as the drives, technology and prices, at a later date.

The Kia Sportage over the years

In 1994, Kia launched a plainly designed SUV called Sportage.  The first generation was built in South Korea and later also in Osnabrück.

In 1994, Kia launched a plainly designed SUV called Sportage. The first generation was built in South Korea and later also in Osnabrück.

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The second generation of models was launched in 2004.  The design became much more distinctive.  From 2007 it will be manufactured for Europe in Zilina, Slovakia.

The second generation of models was launched in 2004. The design became much more distinctive. From 2007 it will be manufactured for Europe in Zilina, Slovakia.

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The third generation of models was built between 2010 and 2015.  The model was technically identical to the Hyundai ix35.

The third generation of models was built between 2010 and 2015. The model was technically identical to the Hyundai ix35.

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