The refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage debuts at the Chicago Auto Show, and it goes on sale in spring 2019. The revised model features a new face and a slightly tweaked cabin. A sporty looking S trim joins the existing LX, EX, and SX models.
Gallery: 2020 Kia Sportage
The biggest design tweaks for the refreshed Sportage are in the lower fascia that now features chrome trim that bisects the driving lights. Revised headlamps feature new LED turn signals and available LEDs for the headlights. The grille has a slightly smoother shape, too. At the back, there are tweaks to the taillights, rear bumper, and exhaust outlet. Different designs for the wheels are available, too. The color Steel Grey joins the palette of available shades.
Inside, the tweaks aren't quite as noticeable. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard on the LX, S, and EX trims, and the system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Kia also offers new leatherette upholstery in a material it calls Sofino. The steering wheel has a somewhat different look, and the trim around the HVAC vents has a revised appearance, too. Wireless device charging is also among the available features. The driver assistance tech expands by adding aids like driver attention warning, lane keep assist, and smart cruise control with start-stop.
The 2020 Sportage's powertrain options remain the same. A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder makes 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Alternatively, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft on front-drive vehicles or 237 hp on all-wheel-drive models. Both powerplants hook up to a six-speed automatic driving the front wheels or with all-wheel drive as an option.
2020 KIA SPORTAGE DEBUTS AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
Refreshed SUV continues to evoke European design with rugged capability
· New front and rear fascias add more aggressive flair
· Updated option package enhancements add comfort and convenience features
· New S trim includes sporty exterior and interior design elements
CHICAGO, February 7, 2019 – The refreshed 2020 Sportage made its debut in the Windy City today, boasting a bold new look, a new S trim, more convenience and available driver-assist features, and a standard 8-inch touchscreen for LX, S and EX variants. Following the introduction of the upcoming Telluride, Kia’s largest SUV, the Sportage appeals to those who don’t need or want the space of a larger vehicle but place a high value on Kia’s cutting-edge design, available AWD capability and convenience. Set to go on sale in the first half of 2019, pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
The design language around Sportage has always been distinctly European and the 2020 model carries on the tradition. From the first pencil stroke it was meant to convey the kind of presence associated with sweeping, thought-provoking curves and an equally aggressive stance. The significant exterior design changes for 2020 include:
· New headlights with available LED turn indicators
· Redesigned projector-beam fog lights
· Available LED headlights with available LED fog lights
· New front grille, bumper, air intake and skid plate
· Newly designed 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels
· Redesigned rear bumper and skid plate
· New exhaust tip design
· Redesigned tail light trim
· A new metallic Steel Grey exterior color
The 2020 Sportage interior design is lightly enhanced and includes:
· New available SOFINO leatherette seating surfaces
· Standard 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available modem-enabled telematics, and available navigation
· Newly designed steering wheel and vent bezels
· Available smartphone wireless charging tray
Engineered for Confident Capability
Along with the new S trim, Sportage is offered in LX, EX and SX variants in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Two engines are available: a 2.4-liter GDI producing 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. or torque or a 2.0-liter turbo GDI that’s good for up to 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. New to the Sportage are a number of available driver assist features:
Driver Attention Warning
Lane Keeping Assist
Smart Cruise Control with Start & Stop11
Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection11
High beam assist
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia*
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts
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 The 2020 Telluride is expected spring 2019 with limited availability.
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 The 2020 Sportage is expected spring 2019 with limited availability.
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 SX Turbo with AWD has 237 horsepower.
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