Redesigned 2022 Kia Sportage is Dramatic, Dynamic, and High-Tech

2022 Kia Sportage
Kia redesigned its compact SUV for the 2022 model year. Kia Corporation

Kia's most popular SUV has gotten a complete makeover. The redesigned 2022 Kai Sportage debuted today featuring a dramatically new exterior and sleek interior that blends existing design themes from Kia's Telluride and Carnival.

The fifth-generation Sportage continues to be a compact SUV that has the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4 as its biggest competition. Its design is the result of a collaborative effort between Kia's design teams in Korea, Germany, the U.S., and China.

The face of the Sportage is most closely related to the design of the EV6, which debuted earlier this year as the automaker's new all-electric crossover. It has an elongated black graphic grille that is pulled across its face. Boomerang-shaped daytime running lights push into nose as a boundary line separates the hood from the front of the car.

Its body styling is similar to other SUVs in its class, with a hint of dynamism. Kia will offer the model with an on-trend black roof to complement the offered exterior paint colors.

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Board shoulders lead the eye away from the Sportage's front toward the rear spoiler and fastback-like roof slope that flows into the taillamps. Kia's new brand logo sits at the center of the lift gate.

In the U.S., the 2023 Sportage will come in LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trim levels.

Like the Sorento X-Line, the Sportage X-Line gets a unique front bumper, side sills, and curved roof rack. Buyers can choose from sage green or black upholstery and a variety of appointments to further the look.

Kia intends to introduce multiple power options for the Sportage, but first to market is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It yields 187 horspower.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

Inside, the Sportage has the company's latest technology and design themes on full display. The driver's information display and instrument cluster is housed under one curved until with the infotainment touch screen on the dashboard. Twin 12.3-inch screens are available. Stylish vents frame the screen housing.

The gloss black plastic-covered center console features a dial shifter and cupholders alongside buttons for heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, hill descent control, auto hold, park assist, automatic start/stop, and a forward facing camera.

Front seat headrests feature a hook that allows handbags and clothing to be put in place for the trip home.

The SUV's list of standard and available features includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless smartphone charging pad, 360-degree surround view camera, Harman Kardon sound system, multi-connection Bluetooth capability and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

Pricing for the Kia Sportage is expected to remain similar to the current version, which starts at $24,090. Full pricing is expected to be announced closer to the SUV's arrival on dealership lots.

Most Sportage trims will be assembled in the U.S., alongside the Telluride, Sorento and K5 at Kia's manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. First deliveries of the Sportage are expected to reach dealerships in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2022.

This article has been updated to include U.S. market information.