The short-wheelbase crossover Kia Sportage is due to hit the European market in September.
The 5th generation Kia Sportage was spotted the day before without any camouflage. It should be noted that the so-called European version of the model with a short wheelbase with a length of about 4.50 meters was caught in the lenses of photo spies. The model is expected to go on sale in September. This particular model, which will have much the same design, despite some bumper differences.
Kia Europe Marketing Director Carlos Lachoz has confirmed the release date of the new product. Although the European press release states that “more details will be released in September,” Mr. Lachoz explicitly states that it will be released in September.
The new Sportage will follow the Hyundai Tucson formula. Currently, the Hyundai sibling has two versions: the regular one sold in Europe (4.50 meters), and the model with a long wheelbase stretching up to 4.63 meters for countries such as South Korea, the United States or Australia. The car looks much the same despite the longer tailgate and larger rear overhang.
The front end design is the same as the European Sportage, but we should wait for the GT-Line variant. As with the all-new Tucson, the 5th-generation Sportage will have several hybrid models, ranging from mild-hybrids to hybrid or plug-in hybrids. As for the 48-volt mild hybrid technology, we’re confident buyers will be able to choose from three different options that have been completely borrowed from the Tucson. We are talking about the 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream with 150 hp. (front-wheel drive), 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream 180 hp (all-wheel drive) and a 1.6-liter CRDi Smartstream with 136 hp. (four-wheel drive).
The “true” hybrid version will be based on the new 1.6-liter T-GDI (turbocharged direct injection petrol) Smartstream engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT). Total power 230 HP
Without connection to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream petrol engine is available with 150 hp, six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The 1.6-liter CRDi Smartstream diesel engine will be available with 115 hp. and a six-speed front-wheel drive manual transmission.
A plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Sportage with a 1.6-liter T-GDI engine and 265 hp. will also be available to buyers. This model may appear before the end of the year or early 2022.