Kia’s fun-loving Sportage CUV will see a mid-cycle refresh for the 2015 model year, bringing revised front end styling, higher-quality interior materials and the brand’s newest-generation UVO infotainment system. The current-generation Sportage has been on sale since the 2010 model year, so Kia hopes to spice things up while bringing its design language in line with newer products like the Cadenza and K900 premium sedans.
Spy shots show a new front grille design, revamped headlamps likely incorporating LED daytime running lamps, and a new front splitter. Out back, it’s difficult to see the changes, but expect a new rear bumper and taillamp design. The Sportage will retain the same basic exterior dimensions, falling at the smaller end of compact CUVs while still offering good passenger and cargo space in a class that’s more popular than ever before.
Engine options are expected to carry over from the 2014 model, which means a pair of direct-injection GDI engines for the U.S. market. The current LX and EX models make use of a 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder making 182 horsepower, while the top-of-the-line Sportage SX gets a stirring 260 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI 4-cylinder. Either choice will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, with AWD an option. A diesel option from other markets won’t likely make it to the United States. Fuel efficiency is expect to climb ever so slightly over the current 21 city and 28 highway mpg (19 city and 24 highway mpg for the SX).
The revamped 2015 Sportage is expected to go on sale in Fall 2014. Pricing will likely stay at around the same level as the current model to remain competitive in this red-hot segment. The current 2014 Sportage is available now, priced from $26,100 for the front-drive LX. The larger engine SX model currently starts at $26,900, and all-wheel-drive will add around $2,000 to the cost of either model.