Kia Motors Reveals the Renovation 2020 Sportage

Kia Motors America has shown the renovation 2020 Sportage for the US market at the 2019 Chicago motor show, bringing the America model harmonized with the versions sold in worldwide markets like Australia and Europe.

Kia Sportage on display.

The modernized Sportage gets amended front and rear treatments as per the vehicle seen locally, however, you might notice the unique front bumper including a skid plate that is more off-road inspired with a greater approach angle – a lot of SUVs in the US offer this style of bumper for those who may venture off the beaten track.

Also, the visual upgrades, the 2020 model-year Sportage in the US picks up numerous new driver assist systems that weren’t accessible on the preceding iteration, including autonomous emergency decelerating with the pedestrian detection, adaptive drift control with stop & go function, driver attention cautionary, lane-keep assist, and high-beam assist.

There is also a latest Steel Grey external paint option “Sofino” leatherette upholstery options, a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with accessible satellite navigation together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a latest steering wheel design and air vent bezels, along with accessible wireless smartphone charging.

Rounding out the updates is a new “S” variant (pictured) which gets sporty external and internal arrangements close to the GT-Line model accessible in other markets like Australia.

Two gas engines are accessible for the 2020 Sportage in the US, a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated “GDi” making 181hp (135Kw) and 175lb-ft (237Nm), and a 2.0 litre “T-GDi” turbo pumping out 240hp (179kW) and 260lb-ft (352Nm).

Both powertrains are fitted solely to a six-speed automatic transmission, while front- and all-wheel drive is offered depending on variant.

American consumers will be able to order the 2020 Sportage in the first half of 2019, with final pricing and specifications to be announced closer to the modernized model’s on-sale date.

Even though the updated Sportage has been on sale locally since July a year ago, we contacted the corporation’s local division regarding the potential for the 2.0-litre turbo engine to join the Australian line-up.

“The turbo model remains off the cards for Australia, so we’ll have to get used to the current naturally-aspirated petrol and turbo-diesel options.” Kevin Hepworth said, Kia’s local communications person in charge.

Previously, the Korean brand has voiced its interest in adding further GT-badged models across its range, and the turbocharged Sportage would serve as a notable opponent to high-powered versions of the Ford Escape, Holden Equinox, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

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