New Kia Sportage

The new fifth generation Kia Sportage has made its global debut, showcasing the premium and the practical

Melding a bold, sophisticated exterior design with Kia’s cutting-edge, premium interior detailing, the new mid-size SUV line-up is scheduled to be in production before the end of 2021.

Kia says the all-new Sportage introduces style and innovation that elevates the popular mid-size SUV to the next level.


Developed on new architecture, the new fifth generation Sportage combines a driver-centric design with a state-of-the-art premium interior featuring a swooping integrated curved display that houses the very latest advancements in connectivity tech.


Designers also focused on creating a pleasant cabin environment in which to spend time for all occupants. An intelligent package and clever use of space means that everyone onboard can benefit from class-leading headroom and legroom. The SUV also sets the benchmark in luggage capacity, underscoring its everyday family-friendly practicality and useability.

Kia states the all-new Sportage also leads the way in safety, featuring both passive and active high-tech systems – including Kia’s world-renowned comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).


The SUV’s Terrain Mode also gives the all-new Sportage outstanding ride capabilities in more challenging conditions such as snow, mud and sand, allowing owners to pursue more adventurous leisure activities. Meanwhile, advanced powertrains make the all-new Sportage a highly economical, low-emissions real-world operator. Efficient frugality is paired with a smooth and highly responsive power delivery, resulting in an SUV that Kia says is energetic, sporty, and fun-to-drive.


From launch, a high-tech 1.6-litre TGDI powertrain will be offered in the all-new Sportage line-up, generating 134kW of power and 265Nm of torque. The four-cylinder unit realises enhanced fuel efficiency through a new and optimised combustion process, breakthrough cooling technologies and key friction reduction measures.


Also included in the launch line-up is a new and highly efficient R2.0-litre diesel engine featuring an advanced variable geometry turbocharger that helps it to develop 139kW and 417Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit has been designed in response to tightening emissions regulations and features an array of sophisticated technologies to drive down emissions output and enhance real-world fuel efficiency. Standout technical innovations include solenoid valve control, a variable capacity oil pump, an electric thermostat and an optimised lubricant and cooling setup.


The 1.6-litre TGDI engine will be available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the new R2.0-litre diesel engine comes with an extensively re-engineered 8-speed automatic transmission.

Developed on an advanced architecture that encompasses the latest powertrain electrification innovations, the all-new Sportage range will also feature hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models that deliver a no-compromise eco-friendly SUV package.

More information about the high-tech electrified Sportage models, along with other petrol and diesel specification details for New Zealand, will be made available closer to the new model’s on-sale date.

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