New details and new photos of Kia Sportage 2022 have been released. As revealed by LatestCarNews earlier this week, everything suggests that Kia is currently working on the development of a performance version of its Sportage compact SUV and that the latter would be known as the N version as found at Kia’s sister company, namely Hyundai.
Other rumors speak of an off-road version that would be able to compete with the Jeep Cherokee and Ford Bronco Sport of this world. In short, even if none of this has been confirmed yet, it seems that the Korean manufacturer has plenty of surprises in store for us as to the next generation of its Sportage, which should enter the market as a 2022 model.
Let’s say Kia hasn’t done things by halves in recent years and the latest new vehicles presented to us by the brand are so impressive that one would expect nothing less from the Korean manufacturer for them. next. In short, this is what brings me to tell you about the Kia Sportage 2022.
Let’s talk about design first since it’s the only thing we seem to have drinking information about. In all likelihood, the design of the Kia Sportage 2022 could be similar to that of the Kia Telluride on several levels, especially as regards the rear part and the front part. Finally, even, here again, nothing is set in stone since other spy photos show a completely different front end that looks more like that of the new K5 but with straight lines.
Kia Sportage 2022 Mechanics
Suffice to say that the information is very limited on this subject, but as the Korean manufacturer uses essentially the same engines from one model to another, we already know what to expect mechanically for the next generation of Sportage. . There is a good chance that the latter will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, a mechanism found under the hood of the new K5 sedan in particular.
However, if we look at the trend of the past, the Sportage is more likely to offer the same powertrains as the Hyundai Tucson. since it shares its platform with the latter. Thus, we can expect to find a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine with 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque at the entry-level. However, we now know that the new Hyundai Tucson will also be entitled to a hybrid powertrain that promises more than 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A plug-in hybrid version would also be in the plans, but again, Kia is not confirming anything on its side at the moment. Who knows, maybe the Korean manufacturer still has some surprises for us at this level.
As for the sports version, if there is one, it should benefit from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the performance version of the K5. This engine puts out 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, which is very impressive for the sedan and one can imagine how much the SUV from the Korean manufacturer could benefit from it too.
Anyway, no need to speculate since the next generation of the Kia Sportage should be unveiled in the coming weeks at one of the major motor shows or even by virtual launch. It must be said that we no longer know what to expect with the various measures to be taken due to the Covid-19 crisis which is still raging across the world.