The next-generation 2023 Kia Sportage has started to shed its camouflage and its curvy shape is starting to peek out. Based on the same platform underpinning the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage will be available in two wheelbase lengths. Expect the North American version to feature a longer wheelbase than the ones bound for Europe and other global markets.
Like its cousin, the 2023 Kia Sportage should get a striking new face with a grille integrated into the headlights. You can see that and the grille’s outline peeking out of the camouflage. The crossover appears to have a less angular design than the Tucson, meaning it’ll be cleaner and have fewer character lines. Just don’t expect it to be derivative because Kia’s new design language will likely result in a vehicle with its own distinct character once the covers come off. Expect each trim to have unique design cues with the SX trim likely featuring the sportiest look.
Some of the biggest changes for the 2023 Sportage will be under the skin. The most notable one will be the addition of electrified powertrains, the same ones found in the 2022 Tucson. That means a 1.6-liter turbo-four coupled to an electric motor, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery. In the Sportage Hybrid that should get you 227 hp combined. The Sportage PHEV, on the other hand, will get 261 hp thanks to a larger battery and a more powerful electric motor.
Unlike the more rugged positioning of the Sorento, Telluride, and Seltos, the Sportage should veer more toward on-road performance along with the next-generation Niro. This means Kia’s entry into the highly competitive compact crossover segment will focus on offering sporty handling to further distinguish it from its rivals. As with most Hyundai/Kia products, expect the 2023 Sportage to get a lot of cool tech features including a curved dual-screen layout.