The Kia Sportage arrives for the 2023 model year as an all-new vehicle, ushering in the fifth generation of the compact SUV. For the upcoming year, the Sportage boasts a new design, an upscale cabin, more technology, and new powertrains. While Kia has unveiled the global 2023 Sportage, we’re still waiting to get all of the specs on the model coming to the U.S.
Compared to the previous generation of the Sportage, the 2023 model has a far more aggressive design. The front end features a split design for the grille, while the bottom of the front fascia has a wide front air intake. The most defining features at the front are the Sportage’s boomerang daytime running lights. At the back, the 2023 Sportage has triangular taillights that are connected by a trim piece, Kia’s new badge prominently displayed in the middle of the liftgate, and an aggressive rear bumper.
On the inside, the 2023 Kia Sportage ditches the current model’s sporty design for a more upscale look. The dashboard has a more streamlined blueprint with large screens taking up most of the real estate. Kia has moved to a dial shift knob that’s housed in the same panel as the push-button ignition and drive mode selector. Gaining an extra six inches in length results in a more spacious cabin than before, as the 2023 Sportage offers 3.1 more inches of rear legroom than the outgoing model. We expect the all-new Sportage to have more overall cargo space, too, though Kia hasn’t quoted an official figure yet.
We don’t know what kind of features the 2023 Kia Sportage will come standard with, but the compact SUV can be fitted with two 12-inch screens — one that acts as the digital instrument cluster and the other a central touchscreen. We expect the new Sportage to come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, a Harman Kardon audio system, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports.
Kia hasn’t released a full breakdown of the 2023 Sportage’s list of standard safety features, but we know the compact SUV will come with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and Kia’s Highway Driving Assist system. Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, blind-spot monitoring, blind-spot avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, and remote smart parking assist will also be available.
Powertrains for the 2023 Sportage are unknown at the moment. Since the new Sportage shares a platform with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, we expect the two SUVs share the same engines. We expect the Sportage to come with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 187 horsepower. A hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and sporty turbocharged model are also expected to be available.
Pricing & Release Date
Kia hasn’t shared when the 2023 Sportage will go on sale or how much it will cost. Being an all-new model we, expect the 2023 model year to cost more than the outgoing model, which starts at $25,265 with destination.
This page will be updated as information becomes available.
Pictured: Global-market 2023 Sportage