NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2023 Kia Sportage gets rugged

Michael James

The 2023 Kia Sportage, beginning its fifth generation, has debuted and features a larger and more varied lineup of subcompact sport utility vehicles including new off-road trims.

Under the manufacturer’s umbrella slogan “Movement That Matters, the new Kia Sportage lineup will include LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line and the new Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trims geared toward off-road travel with all-terrain tires and other features.

2023 Kia Sportage: New Exterior, Interior Designs

New features for the 2023 Sportage Sportage firsts include an available dual panoramic curved digital display Most Sportage trims will now be assembled in the U.S., alongside the carmaker’s Telluride, Sorento, and K5 in West Point, Georgia.

The 2023 Kia Sportage features an expanded lineup compact SUVs.
The 2023 Kia Sportage features an expanded lineup subcompact SUVs.

The Sportage will also be available in a hybrid version with details pending. New gasoline variants are expected to go on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2022.

According to Kia, “Bearing all the elements of Kia’s new ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy, the Sportage’s distinctive appearance leaves a lasting impression with its contrasting but unified elements.

2023 Kia Sportage: Off-Road Ready

“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.

“The Tiger nose grille gets more technical with floating design, perched above blacked-out grille graphic that spans the entire width of the front fascia;

The 2023 Kia Sportage will feature and newly designed interior.
The 2023 Kia Sportage will feature and newly designed interior.

“Distinct ‘boomerang’ daytime running lights immediately draws the eye with dramatic angles, which push the uniquely shaped headlights to the outer corners;

“Angular fenders lend Sportage a sharp and strong presence;

2023 Kia Sportage: Apartment On Wheels?

“Crisp shoulder line rises from the hood and runs down the side, adding more volume to the overall shape;

“Muscular shoulders around the rear flow into futuristic ‘notch-shaped’ taillights, seamlessly connected by a thin black graphic across the tailgate.”

Kia reports the Sportage’s interior is a new concept, “transforming the cabin into a pleasant living space, complete with near-luxury, thoughtful features.”

Prices and gas mileage estimates for the 2023 Kia Sportage have not been announced.

Additional specs on new models are available via the manufacturer’s website: kia.com.


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Article Last Updated: October 27, 2021.

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