The upcoming 2021 Kia Sportage is a small SUV that will slot between Sorento and Seltos models. Interestingly, Sportage shares a lot of things with the Hyundai Tucson. The 2021 Sportage won’t arrive with drastic changes, as some reports suggested. Instead, Kia will deliver another mid-cycle refreshment.
The Sportage SUV is full of high-tech amenities and affordable optional packages. It comes with a striking design, and the interior provides a good level of comfort. Under the hood, Sportage comes with two powertrain options. The price should remain in 2021, and the sales will begin later in 2020.
2021 Sportage Facelift
The approaching SUV won’t arrive with such major visual changes. The 2021 Kia Sportage will introduce mid-cycle refreshments. That means most of the design is a carryover. The styling already looks refreshed and modern. Small changes on the front fascia are barely visible. The headlights are reshaped, and the rear section and its taillights will get the same treatment.
Kia will provide new turn indicators and a new projector beam for fog lights. The 2020 model arrived with larger air intake and new bumpers. Now it seems like Sportage is a complete model with so much to offer. 17-inch wheels are standard, but you can buy more stylish 19-inch wheels that are optional. Lastly, Sportage SUV will get a new exterior color called Steel Grey Metallic.
Inside the cabin, the new 2021 Kia Sportage comes with a couple of novelties. Again, this is far from a significant upgrade. Arriving SUV comes with tech updates, including the latest infotainment system and new driver-assistance aids. That includes lane keep assist and smart cruise control.
High beam assist is also available, along with the forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. Besides that, the rest of the cabin will largely remain. That includes the interior layout, displays, and level of comfort. We think the Sportage model is refreshed in every possible category, including the interior.
Two Available Engines
The forthcoming 2021 Kia Sportage comes with two powertrain options. The first one is a proven 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. This unit packs 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a standard front-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive system is optional and more than recommended.
It will drastically change the ride quality and the SUV’s personality. The second engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline available in SX Turbo trim level. This engine adds higher performance and is rated at 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It offers the same transmission as the standard powertrain option, but an optional engine provides lower fuel efficiency.
2021 Kia Sportage Release Date, Price
The price of the all-new 2021 Kia Sportage starts at $24,000. This is the same price as the price of the outgoing model. The “S” trim level costs $26,000, and the range-topping SX Turbo variant around $34,000. The sales will begin later this year, most likely in November. Generally, Sportage is a more affordable SUV than its biggest competitors. On top of that, Kia offers a great warranty.