New 2021 Kia Sportage revealed

Kia has taken the wraps off the upcoming fifth generation of its popular mid-size family SUV; hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are expected

New 2021 Kia Sportage

The new fifth-generation Kia Sportage has been revealed in official pictures for the first time. This latest evolution of the Sportage has been developed collaboratively by Kia's design teams in Asia, the US and Europe, and the South Korean brand says a specific European version of the car – which could look a little different to the model shown here – will be unveiled in September 2021.

Under the metal, the new Sportage shares much of its technology with the latest Hyundai Tucson, so we can expect it to offer a similar line-up of mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to that car when it arrives. A majority of the current Kia line-up, including the Ceed Sportswagon, NiroSorento and XCeed, is offered with plug-in hybrid power, while the Soul is electric-only.

A fully electric version of this Sportage is unlikely to appear, however, as Kia's electric-car efforts are now concentrated on the EV6 and other forthcoming models in that family. Further details of the European version of this Sportage, including exact powertrain, trim-level and pricing details, should arrive in September 2021 or shortly after.

When it goes on sale, it'll rival both its sister model the Tucson as well as the new Nissan Qashqai, the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Peugeot 3008 and the soon-to-be-facelifted Vauxhall Grandland.

New Kia Sportage design

Speaking about the new Sportage's design, the head of Kia's Global Design Centre Karim Habib said: "Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design."

The Sportage is the latest model to use the firm's 'Opposites United' design philosophy. Its front end features dramatic arrow-shaped daytime running lights, which separate the diamond-shaped headlights from the rest of the grille. Kia's recently refreshed logo design in prominent in the middle of the bonnet, while along the side, the window line tapers sharply as it approaches the rear of the car.

Inside, the design is clean and simple, with sculpted air vents shaped around the edges of two large screens that run together to create the illusion of a single large dashboard display extending behind the steering wheel. A number of physical controls can still be seen under the central air vents and on the centre console, however.

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