Kia is making huge improvements with every new model. The upcoming Sportage is going to present a revolutionary look with plenty of changes. However, the company is not done yet. The new 2023 Kia Sportage should add something new. We believe it will be a hybrid engine. Hard-core fans still think the pickup truck is going to be based on the largest pickup the company is producing. It might not last for too long, since new projects are in plans. Soon, a full-size SUV might hit the market, larger than Telluride, and Kia also wants to create a premium branch.
Meanwhile, the 2023 Kia Sportage is a priority for updates. That means the SUV is coming totally new compared to the 2022 season. Some of the reasons why you should buy this model will be the same. Those are, for example, the base cost, good ride, spacious interior, and a new styling. On the other hand, the gas mileage was not among the best in the class. The 2023 Sportage Hybrid should fix that. While passengers have a plenty of room, the Sportage didn’t offer as much space for the cargo. Body extension is a simple solution. Acceleration is another problem.
2023 Kia Sportage New Generation Details
The next-gen 2023 Kia Sportage is already official, but the company didn’t unveil all the details about the SUV. So, we’ll have to wait for the next update, or the sales launch to get everything about the new Sportage. Still, here are first hot takes about the crossover. It is coming with a new, evolutionary styling, with plenty of eye-catching details. Wherever you look, the company made changes, making the product more attractive and efficient. What else you can ask for?
Specs, Hybrid Engine, Off-Road Model
When you take a look inside the SUV, the surprises are still there. Here, we’ll check the engine room, abut the interior is also all-new. The main drivetrain for the 2023 Kia Sportage is a 2.5-liter four-pot mill with 188 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, and you can upgrade the ride with an AWD. Well, this feature is standard for the off-road package.
Alternative to the base setup is the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. A 1.6-liter engine is paired with an electric motor, which enhances outputs to 225 ponies. The gas mileage numbers are released – the crossover will be very close to the magic mark of 40 mpg. Still, it misses the new world by 1 mile per gallon.
The new platform will improve driving impression. The company promises less noise and a smoother ride. Plus, the fresh architecture allowed engineers to deliver an off-road X-Pro version, with the latest 4×4 equipment. If you are not a fan of off-roading, the X-Line is the package that makes Sportage an urban crossover.
2023 Kia Sportage Models and Accessories
The company made announcements only about highlighted features. The new crossover will be cool, outside and inside. Notable details in the cabin are a huge 12-inch touchscreen display. Multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services. As always, even the entry-level (2023 Kia Sportage LX) models by the Korean company are always nicely equipped. The X-Line is probably going to be the most popular upgrade. The EX and SX are the mid-range versions.
The 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro is an off-road package for adventurers. All-wheel drive is standard and there are four driving modes, thanks to the Multi-Terrain system. The package also brings a unique painjob with a contrasting black roof. All-terrain tires and extra space under the body will make the crossover run through the toughest conditions. Inside, the Syntex replaces cloth seats. Leather is exclusive to premium trims. Prestige is the ultimate bundle, available only for the X-Pro and SX versions.
One of the things we still don’t know about the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage is the pricing. According to some sources, the MSRP should start around $26,000. X-Line and EX should stay under $30,000 and the top of the range versions will be over $35,000, or even $40,000 with the Prestige upgrade. The Sportage remains very competitive in the market, especially now with a hybrid drivetrain. This upgrade will cost around $3,000 and it won’t be available for the base trim.