Toronto: The 2023 Kia Sportage has rung in a new era for one of the brand’s most popular models, with a complete redesign that is undeniably striking. This fifth-generation model is sportier, more dynamic, more connected and more innovative than ever before. From bold lines on the exterior, to the sleek and high-tech interior and the absolute latest in safety and convenience features, the Sportage will undoubtedly continue to be a class-leading SUV that Canadians will be proud to own. “The Sportage has entered its most exciting generation yet,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “This completely redesigned SUV that is not only a cut above when it comes to design, innovation and technology, but it is also an absolute thrill to drive.”
This vehicle is the second to be inspired by Kia’s new design philosophy, ‘Opposites United.’ The all-new Sportage epitomizes contrast with its bold, impactful lines and assertive presence, balanced with modernity and spontaneous characteristics suitable for any road, anywhere. The front fascia makes an impactful statement with its broad grille stretching the width of the vehicle, DRL integrated directly into the grille housing, maintaining the signature ‘Tiger Nose’ distinction. Eye-catching DRLs shaped as a boomerang coupled with the rhombus-shaped headlamp underpin the futuristic image the Sportage is commanding.
• Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with optional 18-inch and 19-inch alloys. • Voluminous lines and a rear spoiler give the vehicle not only improved aerodynamic performance, but a muscular and confident contour encompassing the entire rear of the vehicle • Standard LED taillights with optional full-LED black bezel rear lamp that combines a dynamic notch-shaped tail lamp with a 2-strip stop lamp and turn-signal. Exclusive X-Line packages feature rugged front bumper high-gloss black outside mirror, side garnish, black skid plate molding, ladder style black roof rail and 19-inch wheel, seamlessly finding the perfect balance between sporty and rugged for a distinctively unique exterior.
The all-new interior give drivers a unique high-tech environment that is both visually impressive, spacious and intuitive, built with both operator and passenger in mind. Key elements of the cabin include: High console is designed for user convenience with available wireless smartphone charging and ample storage area that is elevated for a more sophisticated look and feel. Built on the 3rd generation “N3” platform, it’s longer, wider, and offers more cargo capacity, and is more fun to drive than ever. Features include: • Increased wheelbase of 85 mm (3.34 inches) for more interior space • With a top safety rating as its core objective, the platform features a multiple load path body and anti-collision sub-frame to disperse crash energy and enhance rigidity for increased overall safety • This platform also allows for flexibility for future eco-friendly models with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options
For the first-time ever, Kia is introducing three engine types that include gas, turbo hybrid and plug-in hybrid options for this next-generation Sportage: • 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder • 8-speed automatic transmission • 187 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. torque • Standard FWD, optional AWD • Standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to adjust the vehicle driving characteristics to match their preferred driving style • Estimated combined (city and highway) 8.4 L/100km FWD and 9.5 L/100km AWD The new Sportage is loaded with extensive advanced technology to help drivers stay well-connected and informed, inlcuidng Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)[ii] and several collision avoidance processes along with Highway Driving Assist. for speed control.