2022 Kia Sportage mules reveal the two different interiors [Update]

Update: A new set of spy pictures posted on autospy.net gives a peek at the 2022 Kia Sportage’s key exterior elements. It is no news that the upcoming SUV features vertically stacked headlamps, but one of the spy shots shows the design up close. The other picture reveals the detailing of the newly designed rear combination lamps.

The new Hyundai Tucson was presented in September, and now, all eyes are on its platform-mate, the 2022 Kia Sportage. Previous spy pictures from Naver user soonjung8116 had given us a clear look at the headlamp and tail lamp graphics of the upcoming SUV that will be available in three different hybrid-electric variants.

2022 Kia Sportage rear spy shot
The Kia Sportage won’t deviate from its tried and tested tough SUV silhouette moving to the fifth generation, but striking fascias and new surfacing tricks should endow it with a different impression. Image Source: blog.naver.com/soonjung8116

The 2022 Kia Sportage will have vertical headlamps with compact LED modules stacked on top of each other. A sharp, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running light will be positioned at the inner-end of the headlamps. These LED DRLs should double as the front turn indicators.

The 2022 Kia Sportage will feature a polarizing front end, but its rear-end would be more or less conventional. The spy shot suggests sleek LED rear combination lamps for the upcoming SUV, and they will likely be connected via a full-width light strip.

New Kia logo 2021
The new Kia logo features lettering with an unbroken line, resembling a handwritten signature. Image Source: Kia

Also new on the 2022 Kia Sportage would be the brand’s sleeker logo inspired by that of the Kia Imagine concept. ‘Less is more’ is the philosophy of the Kia logo, and the same will be reflected on the upcoming futuristic EVs developed on the basis of the E-GMP platform.

The Kia Sportage would ditch the bug-eyed face and the oddly ‘sliced’ rear door design with the new lifecycle program. The sides will benefit from a sportier greenhouse with a sharp kick in the beltline and a conventional rear door. The front-end will sport vertically positioned headlamps with sharp inward cuts. All in all, the Kia Sportage will improve remarkably on the design front with the next full model change to preserve novelty in the crowding compact SUV segment.

The 2022 Kia Sportage will feature a thoroughly upgraded interior replete with a snazzy dual-screen cockpit, sleeker dashboard design, less-cluttered centre console with reduced physical buttons, etc. Spy pictures from Naver user soonjung8116 have revealed that it would have two different types of interior.

The image on the left shows the 2022 Kia Sportage interior comprising two horizontal displays. We’ve already seen Kia use this kind of dashboard layout in the new Sedona. Lower configurations will have an analogue instrument panel instead of a virtual instrument cluster, as seen in the right. They may settle for a smaller touchscreen infotainment system as well. Phase-2 of the Kia UVO Connect system with further enhancements should be activated on the incoming Sportage. New driver assistance technologies are a given, but we don’t expect autonomous highway driving capability yet.

If the 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s powertrain line-up is to go by, there will be not one, but three electrified powertrains for Kia customers: mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Common to the three is the 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged engine, with the plug-in hybrid variant offering north of 260 horsepower. A media report that came in late last year claimed that Kia is working on a pure electric version of the Sportage as well.

2022 Kia Sportage NQ5 spied
The new Sportage would share the basic platform, in car tech and safety equipment with the latest Tucson. Image Source: blog.naver.com/soonjung8116

The new Kia Sportage should reach U.S. showrooms by the end of this year. That would give its cousin the 2022 Hyundai Tucson enough headstart and the time to settle in the market. Prices of the next-gen Kia Sportage may start at around $25,000.

2022 Kia Sportage FAQ

What is the 2022 Kia Sportage release date?

The Kia NQ5 will have its global debut in H1 2021 & is expected in the US by the end of the year.

What will be the 2022 Kia Sportage price?

The next-gen Kia Sportage price should start at around $25,000.

What are potential 2022 Kia Sportage alternatives?

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson & 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport are options to those who seek alternatives

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