Sharp looks, hybrid variants to aggrandize the 2022 Kia Sportage [Update]

Following the new Hyundai Tucson (Hyundai NX4) launch, the 2022 Kia Sportage (Kia NQ5) will break cover this year. Much like the new Tucson, the platform-mate from Kia will have a bold design and is expected in three hybrid variants.

Exterior design

The 2022 Sportage would ditch the bug-eyed face and the sliced rear door design with the new lifecycle program. At the front, the rendering shows a muscular hood with a powerdome, sharp, vertically positioned headlamps with boomerang-shaped DRL, and a significantly larger and sharper radiator grille. The DRLs should double as the front turn indicators.

Video Source: YouTube/갓차 (Gotcha Cars)

YouTube channel 갓차 (Gotcha Cars) has created a new rendering of the next-gen Sportage with inputs from spy pictures that have been floating on the web for months now. It indicates that Kia has designed the 2022 Sportage with a familiar silhouette but an imposing front fascia. Watch the video (above) to see the rendered model in different colors.

2022 Kia Sportage front fog lamp spy shot
The camouflaged test mule suggests that the front fog lamps of the 2022 Kia Sportage are likely to be two horizontal modules positioned vertically. This is a completely different approach over the old model’s ice cube design that divided the fog lamps into four sections. Image Source: blog.naver.com/Flossy

On the sides, we see a conventionally designed rear door frame that makes the profile more attractive. The sides will benefit from a sportier greenhouse with a sharp kick in the beltline and a conventional rear door.

The new Sportage features what can only be described as a quirky front end, but the rear would be more or less conventional. It comes with razor-sharp LED rear combination lamps, an arching indent where the registration plate sits, and a large Kia logo right above it. The bumper houses symmetrical secondary lights.

The 2022 Kia Sportage is reckoned to launch in short and long-wheelbase versions. The third-gen Tucson and third-gen Sportage had the same wheelbase, and successors should keep this aspect common again. Distance between the axles in the 2022 Kia Sportage short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions is likely to be 2,680 mm (105.5 in.) and 2,755 mm (108.5 in.), respectively.

It is claimed by the shooter that the pictures above show the short-wheelbase version, while the spy shot below features the long-wheelbase. The lower bumper is differentiated with connected black inserts, while the wheel designs differ.

Bobaedream forum member 신지면동고리 has also captured what looks like the long-wheelbase version of the next-gen Sportage in South Korea. The spy pictures (below) are of the 2022 Kia Sportage featuring two-tone alloy wheels in a sporty design that hasn’t been seen before and could belong to the high-end trims like GT-line. The frequent spotting of production prototypes and some with new features indicate that the unveil isn’t afar.

In February, pictures posted on autospy.net gave a peek at the 2022 Kia Sportage’s key exterior elements. They showed the vertically stacked headlamps’ design up close and the rear combination lamp detailing, confirming that designers have taken a radically different approach.

New on the 2022 Kia Sportage would be the brand’s sleek logo inspired by the Kia Imagine concept. ‘Less is more’ is the Kia logo’s philosophy and will reflect the same in the upcoming futuristic EVs developed based on the E-GMP platform.

New Kia logo 2021
The new Kia logo features lettering with an unbroken line, resembling a handwritten signature. The logo will be visibly bigger and be positioned on the center of the tailgate. Image: Kia

Interior

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

The image on the top is the high-end 2022 Kia Sportage interior comprising two horizontal displays. Kia uses this dashboard layout in the new Sedona. Lower configurations will have an analog instrument panel instead of a virtual instrument cluster, as seen at the bottom. They may settle for a smaller touchscreen infotainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled.

Kia would activate the Kia UVO Connect system with further enhancements on the incoming Sportage. It should feature the latest UVO link telematics that includes a wide range of connected vehicle solutions. The owner should connect the vehicle with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers, use UVO voice assist for voice control of the climate, steering-wheel heating, seat, audio system, and other functions, and add driver profiles for greater convenience.

2022 Kia Sportage NQ5 interior spy shot
A spy picture provides a peek at the next-gen Kia Sportage interior. A new steering wheel and a shift-by-wire rotary gear selector are observed in the spy shot. Image Source: YouTube/융구티비YunKoo Tv

Pictures uploaded by youtube.com channel 무한질주TV shows the panoramic sunroof panel, two-tone color scheme, and the redesigned door panels and seats of the 2022 Kia Sportage. Some of the visuals provide the closest look at the exterior elements, such as the radiator grille, headlamps, tail lamps, etc.

New driver assistance technologies are a given but don’t expect autonomous highway driving capability yet. Standard and available advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) of the 2022 Kia Sportage may include the following:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control
  • Safe Exit Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System with Lane Following Assist
  • Highway Driving Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Blind Spot View Monitor

Powertrain

If the 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s powertrain line-up is to go by, there will be not one but three electrified powertrains for new Kia Sportage customers: mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid, offering good gains in fuel economy. Common to the three is the 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged engine, with the plug-in hybrid variant offering north of 260 horsepower.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV has a 13.8 kWh battery pack that allows pure electric driving for 28 miles (company estimate). The 2022 Kia Sportage PHEV’s all-electric range should also be around 30 miles. A media report that came in late last year claimed that Kia is working on a pure electric version of the Sportage, though this is unverified.

Release date

According to an allegedly leaked production roadmap published on Naver blog Disca, the 2022 Kia Sportage NQ5 mass-production begins in June. Initially, the manufacturing is at the Kia AutoLand Gwangju plant (factory no.2) in South Korea. In March, Kia began motivational activities for the employees of the factory to gear up for the series production of the new SUV, as reported on Money Today.

All-new 2022 Kia Sportage confirmed for 2021
The next-generation Kia Sportage (circled) was confirmed for its Q2 (April – June 2021) global debut at the Kia CEO Investor Day on Feb 9. Image source: Kia’s official presentation via Youtube.

At the 2021 CEO Investor Day held on February 9, the global launch of the new Sportage was confirmed for Q2 2021 (April – June 2021):

Like last year major new volume models are scheduled to launch this year as well, the K7 full model change will kickstart in Q1, followed by the top global volume model Sportage in Q2 and the launch of the CV (EV6), the first dedicated EV developed with the E-GMP platform, in Q3.

Ho Sung Song, President & CEO of Kia

NQ5 is the 2023 Kia Sportage for the United States

The new Kia Sportage was expected to reach American showrooms by the end of this year. However, the current generation Sportage (Kia QL) is updated for MY2022, which means that the NQ5 Sportage arrives next year as an MY2023 vehicle. Expect the launch of the all-new Sportage in the first half of 2022 in the United States.

Following are the changes brought with the MY2022 update for the U.S. market:

  • New Value Edition optional package launched for the LX trim to add 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels, passive keyless entry with push-button start, and heated front seats.
  • Nightfall Edition launched to replace the S trim.
  • A panoramic sunroof made standard on the EX trim.
  • New complimentary map updates, including new POIs and ADAS features support introduced in the EX trim with Tech Package and the SX Turbo trim.

2022 Kia Sportage FAQs

What is the 2022 Kia Sportage release date?

The Kia NQ5 will have its global debut in Q2 2021 & is expected in the U.S. next year.

What will be the 2022 Kia Sportage price?

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

What are the potential Kia Sportage alternatives?

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

Featured Image: YouTube/갓차 (Gotcha Cars)