One of the proud cars of South Korea, the Kia Sportage 2022, will be presented soon, supporting the sales success like in previous years. This new metal sheet, codenamed NQ5, is polished with a grim aesthetic but with comfortable and compact features typical of Sportage. Then what are the advantages and performance offered, we will study them together in the following review.
Complete Make-Over, Kia Sportage 2022 Looks Fierce
The car giant in Asia broke the Sports design which has been incised for four years of increasing sales every year, with a controversial design. How come? The new front design is accentuated with a large and bold grille including the lamp design. Broadly speaking, the total design is not superfluous.
Meanwhile, the rear retains its traditional style with LED headlamps derived from the sleek K5 sedan design, the lower bumper is inserted in a mesh pattern, and the exhaust is hidden. Furthermore, about the rear design, there is an orange line around the bottom that looks like a Subaru Forester at a glance. And the off-road tire design this time is prepared to compete with the Ford Bronco Sport or the Jeep Cherokee.
Although it is still considered underrated in the American market, this compact SUV is predicted to target the high-end market, because it offers several advantages, such as:
- Superior materials,
- It has sleek glasshouse style which is supported by the rear pillars that lean forward
- The interior is more comfortable,
- Comes with a seating capacity for seven people,
- Its infotainment software and hardware are supported by the Nvidia Drive platform,
- The audiovisual system, navigation, and connectivity are connected by sophisticated artificial intelligence as unity system.
Users will not be disappointed with the digital display driver, adequate lighting, and smartphone key access. Another amazing thing is that the power source of this car is predicted to be a 226 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid and also a 177 horsepower hybrid plug. The battery supports 13.8 kWh and can cover all electricity for 28 miles.
Another interesting feature of this new bumper design car is its hybrid capability. This will be a potential future car because it will replace the diesel variant in the Asia Pacific and European regions. The 6-speed automatic transmission is specially developed and all wheels are standard actuated.
This fifth-generation computer designed car will compete with its cousin, the Hyundai Tuscon, and its ranks of friends such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue / X-Trail, Ford Escape / Kuga, Chevrolet Equinox, Peugeot 3008, Subaru Forester, Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Seat Ateca.
Pricing and Launching
From a frenetic pandemic that had worried the automotive industry, the Kia company decided to immediately announce their fantastic plans. One of the plans heard was the introduction of Sportage in April 2021 in South Korea, while Europe and North America would follow later. Sales will begin shortly after MY2022 with a base MSRP of under $ 25,000. The premium Turbo SX, which is the best offering on the market, holds its price in the $ 35,000 mark. While the performance-tuned model can exceed $ 40,000. Of course, the hybrid engine and base cost are still expected to be updated.
Then, what do you think about the frightening appearance of the Kia Sportage 2022, is it by the comfort offered?