The new 2020 Kia Sportage coming with the significant refreshment in the compact-crossover SUV championship. Apart from its attractive pricing, the Sportage offers impressively powerful turbocharged engine, one of the finest in the league.
Moreover, 10-year drive-train warranty, plenty of standard and additional equipment, new safety packages are just some of the innovations. And with developing of the hybrid system, new Sportage will certainly create a field of interest around its new model.
2020 Kia Sportage GT Line
One of the breathtaking versions of the new 2020 Kia Sportage is definitely GT Line. This model’s already been known in the US and now, with the new engine is ready for the Old Continent. With the 2.4-liter turbo-four drivetrain can execute 245hp and 260 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity of the GT line is 2,000 pounds and the combined fuel economy is 23 mpg. The GT Line is the highest trim level of the new Sportage and its coming with fully loaded equipment. You get 19-inches alloy wheels, GT-Line body kit with a satin chrome grille and unique rear bumper and side sills.
Keyless entry and ignition, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensor, wireless phone charging are also included in the package. Moreover, if you like fine tech you can enjoy in JBL eight-speaker sound system with digital radio and Apple CarPlay. As for safety, the GT Line comes with extensive safety package. That includes autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
2020 Kia Sportage Hybrid
Although there is no certain confirmation from the South Korean automaker, 2020 Kia Sportage Hybrid is expected to happen. The company is developing the mild-hybrid system, however, a 48-volt battery will cause changes under the hood. This type of battery is not compatible with a 1.6-liter internal combustion engine in Europe, or 2.4-liter powertrain in the States. The solution is that mid-hybrid system for 2020 Kia Sportage will use 1-4-turbo-four powertrain as its base. Power output is expected to be the same as for the gasoline models. On the other hand, the hybrid system will make this crossover more fuel-friendly, with probably over 30mpg, combined.
2020 Kia Sportage Facelift
The upcoming 2020 Kia Sportage will see some major updated, both of visual and technical nature. Most obvious adjustment is at the front, where ice-cube looking LED fog lights have been replaced with the new distinctive set. The modified front bumper now have large pentagon shaped air vents. The tiger nose grille of the GT Line comes with the slightly gleaming finish and silver skid plate sits below. New outstanding horizontal fin dividing the two air vents an half and continuing towards the center of the bumper. On the rear side, there’s not much to mention, besides slightly redesigned taillights and new silver slid plate. In the cabin, there are new steering wheel and an altered instrument cluster with reworked two-tone upholstery. For the GT Line model, the seats will be clad in leather.
Most of the changes in the new 2020 Kia Sportage will affect its higher-trim levels. The LX trim is going to lose the Technology Package and also the option of autonomous emergency braking. But the LX will include the Popular Package with UVO3 7-inch touchscreen and complete AndroidAuto and eServices telematics. This package also arrives with an auto defogger, automatic climate control, and a new air ionizer system.
So, you can be sure that comfort and fun are guarantees if you choose the new LX trim. The EX trim are getting even more changes and updates. The side mirrors are now reworked as turn signals being added to make turning intentions even more visible to others. Furthermore, Kia upgraded mirrors so they can fold automatically and they can heat up and defrost themselves when its cold. On the outside, the EX has black trims around the wheel, under the door, and beneath the front grille. So, with blackened-out exterior options and available body colors, the new model will provide nice visual contrast.
2020 Kia Sportage Specs
The new 2020 Kia Sportage will have two available engine options for the base model. The first one is a 2.4-liter 4 unit with a 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The second powertrain is the 2.0-liter turbo-4 that can deliver up to 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission., distinguished by its inconspicuous operations is the only gearbox option for both types of engine.
However, the fuel economy is far from remarkable, especially for the city numbers. EPA city/highway fuel economy for 2.4-liter inline-4 is 23/30 mpg for front-wheel drive and LX trim lever. For all-wheel-drive option, numbers are 21/25 mpg and for FWD EX trim 21/25 mpg. Fuel economy for 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 is 21/26 for the front-wheel-drive system and 20/23 mpg goe all-wheel drive.
2020 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
The base 2020 Kia Sportage with front-wheel drive starts at about $25,000. If you want the Sportage EX, with all the additional features it comes with the reasonable price of $28,000. The top mode Sportage SX with turbo power starts at just over $35,000. The all-wheel drive adds $2,000 on the LX, SX and EX price. On the whole, these prices are comparable to the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. The new Kia Sportage is expected to make an appearance on the market during the third quarter of 2019.