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2020 Kia Sportage Changes, Spy shots

A redesign of 2020 Kia Sportage should help the compact crossover SUV to achieve better sales. The Korean company is aiming 100k mark in the next couple of seasons. That is why the carmaker has to update its vehicles every now and then. Well, the current generation of the Sportage crossover is still fresh. Also, it offers modern features and appearance. But, the growing competition is making the entire industry going forward.

The 2020 Kia Sportage will change its look. Well, the compact SUV is still appealing and attractive, but it seems like the company has new ideas for the upcoming model. The hybrid drivetrain is certain, but the Sportage could also get a PHEV version. After the debut of 2020 Kia Soul EV, we will know more possibilities and options for its stablemate.

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Kia Sportage Spy Photos

Similar, but still refreshed – that is how we can describe spied model in Germany. The 2020 Kia Sportage will modify front fascia. Changes include a narrower grille and new headlights design. Furthermore, air vents and fog lamps were under a revisit. Also, test mule is showing a new, lighter bumper. It seems like lights are positioned wider than before. That will make the crossover sportier. Side mirrors and a new set of wheels are noteworthy updates on the side. The rear end brings bigger changes. Low stop lights and light bar between standard taillights are major additions. Also, the roof slopes more steeply. But, interior headroom shouldn’t take consequences for this modification.

2020 Kia Sportage spy shots

Interior

Sportage is a modern crossover SUV. Actually, it doesn’t require big updates inside the vehicle. Every model and trim level is packed with cool features. Also, safety is at the highest level. However, there are some minor features that could welcome updates. Of course, Kia will definitely bring more modern accessories and details to refresh overall appearance.

The cabin of the 2020 Kia Sportage will be futuristic and elegant at the same time. Advanced technologies and new features are able to control by voice. Just in case, there are knobs and buttons. Its easy to use pattern is one of the advantages of the crossover. Also, Sportage comes with enough storage room for larger family trips.

A 6-speaker audio system, 5-inch display, and USB ports are standard accessories. However, buyers can upgrade their 2020 Kia Sportage with additional packages and options. Popular suite adds a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual-zone climate control. Heated rear seats are available through further options. There are also features that will help you organize your cargo. Covers, nets, mats, and trays are available for adding to Sportage’s trunk.

2020 Kia Sportage interior

2020 Kia Sportage Specs

Under the hood of the 2020 Kia Sportage are two kinds of engines. One is naturally-aspirated, and the other one is the turbo version. Both are 4-cylinder units and they are paired with the same transmission.

The base LX and mid-range EX crossovers are coming with a 2.4-liter four-pot engine. This unit is ready to deliver 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It is one of the most efficient vehicles in the segment, with gas mileage, 24/31 mpg combined. Buyers can opt for 2020 Kia Sportage AWD. Engineers will have to make this system fuel-friendlier. For example, the last AWD version returned 4 mpg less than the front-wheel drive model.

The other drivetrain option is a 2.0-liter turbo-four. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Again, the 2020 Kia Sportage Turbo offers FWD and AWD modes. Like for the base version, all-wheel drive consumes much more fuel than the front-wheel drive version. For the turbo model, the return will be 22/27 mpg (FWD) and 20/24 mpg (AWD). Both engines come with an equal towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

2020 Kia Sportage side view

2020 Kia Sportage Hybrid USA Debut

Kia should deliver the hybrid version of its crossover to the US in 2020. European buyers are already driving it. But, this mild system is too expensive and the electric battery pairs a diesel engine. Also, the fuel economy boost is not significant, so the Sportage Hybrid is not achieving great results in the UK and other countries where it appears.

On the other hand, the 2020 Kia Sportage will be based on a 2.4-liter gasoline unit we are finding in base models. With such configuration, the crossover SUV could easily reach 200 hp of output and 30 mpg of combined driving. Well, these are still speculations, and during next year we will know more if the Hybrid model is part of the 2020 Sportage redesign.

2020 Kia Sportage front view

2020 Kia Sportage Price

One of Kia’s strong side is the great price of its vehicles. Well, build quality is still there, and these models are not cheap. They are more affordable than the competition. To keep this advantage over rivals, the 2020 Kia Sportage is going to appear with a similar price tag. Base model LX will stay under $24,000. Mid-range offer is EX and it is going to cost $27,000, while at top of the lineup is Sportage Turbo with $35,000 price sticker. If hybrid appears, it is not going to be as expensive as in Europe.

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