The upcoming compact SUV 2019 Kia Sportage will come to us with the new style and high-tech safety equipment. The new model will get three trims the Sportage LX, Sportage EX, and Sportage SX Turbo.
It will also get a host of updates to keep it up with others subcompact-crossover SUVs in the market.
Possible Changes For 2019
There is a high probability that the new Sportage will get a completely redesigned front grille. When it comes to the design of this compact SUV, a large number of car enthusiasts pointed out that they do not like the front grille. Although this is a distinctive Kia design and stands well for models such as the Ceed or Optima, this mask simply does not leave enough good effect on the SUV model.
Besides this, the front bumper will also be redesigned, while the rear end of this Kia crossover will remain the same.
With this simple redesign of the front grille, the new 2019 Kia Sportage will get a completely different design and this will be the biggest change for this model year.
2019 Kia Sportage – Comfortable Cabin and Trims Options
As we already said, the 2019 Kia Sportage will get new updates and changes. The good value with comfortable and roomy interior comes with a long list of features. Furthermore, the cabin of the SUV will now get comfortable driver’s and passenger’s seats with good outside visibility.
The base Sportage LX trim will get a 5-inch touch-screen display that is paired with rearview camera, USB input, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 6-speaker, the drive-mode selector (Sport, Normal, Eco), and automatic headlights.
The middle equipment EX-trim is the best deal for the money with its blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, power-folding outside mirrors and interior that will have a ton of high-tech. Some of the interior features are 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and also an Android Auto, power driver’s seat, leather seats and dual-zone climate control.
The last one and the topmost equipment trim SX Turbo includes a big 8-inch touchscreen, lane-departure warning, panoramic sunroof, seats that are heated and ventilated, heated steering, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. This one trim also comes with premium 320-watt Harman/Kardon sound system.
Kia Improves GT Line trim for 2019
At top of the lineup sits the GT Line. This is the most expensive model. So, you can guess, it comes with plenty of options which buyers can’t find on other trim levels. Ice-cube LED lights are standard, and these are characteristic part with 19-inch wheels. Digital cluster is in color, while infotainment system gets most of the controls from the 7-inch touchscreen display. Leather upholstery for panels, seats, and steering wheel is boosting the overall elegance and appearance. Finally, 2019 Kia Sportage GT Line will use advanced features, such as reverse camera, smart entry system, and Kia Connected and TomTom services.
2019 Kia Sportage – Powertrain Details
As for the latest report from the manufacturer, the new 2019 Kia Sportage will come with two engine variants. The base one model is inline-4 engine while another one is turbocharged inline-4. The base one engine will come with 2,4 liter that makes 181 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. However, the torque for this one model will be 175 lb-ft of at 4,000 revolutions per minute(rpm). However, this model is also fuel efficient with its EPA city/highway rating of 23/30 mpg for the FWD and LX, 22/29 mpg for the FWD/EX and 21/25 mpg for the all-wheel drive.
The option one engine is more powerful with its turbocharged inline-4 2.0-liter engine. This one will deliver 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The AWD models will have the little smaller performance of around 3 HP (237 HP). However, it comes with 260 lb-ft of torque at 1,450-3,500 rpm. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for the turbocharged variant is 21/26 mpg for the FWD and 20/23 mpg for the AWD. Both engines will have 6-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Kia Sportage Diesel and MPG
Unlike the US, European buyers will see a diesel variant of the 2019 Kia Sportage. Only the entry-level model holds the petrol unit under the hood. Other possibilities are 1.7-liter and 2.0-liter diesel units. The first one comes with an output of 114 hp. More potent, the bigger one can develop either 135 or 180 hp. Depending on configuration, diesel powertrain will use a turbocharger. Buyers will also choose between manual and automatic transmission. A hand-operated box has 6 gears, and auto mode is 7-speed DCT.
Kia could launch Sportage Hybrid
Kia presented the Niro concept PHEV vehicle. This platform is near the completion, and fans believe that 2019 Kia Sportage could be the first hybrid using it. This is an innovative approach by Kia’s engineers. An eco-friendly drivetrain will be capable to compete with other hybrids in the same class. The PHEV system uses the 48-volt battery, and its range will be around 100 miles. Fully-electric Niro concept allows a car to go 300 and more miles without recharging.
2019 Kia Sportage – Release Date, Price And Competitors
The upcoming Kia Sportage will go into the production in 2018 with sales sometime in 2019. The base model LX of 2019 Kia Sportage with front-wheel will have Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $24,400. You must pay additional $2,000 if you want all-wheel drive.
However, the EX model with its features will have all that you need with the price of around $27.000. If you need some power you can choose the SX with a price under $33,700. The models that will challenge 2019 Kia Sportage are Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti QX50, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox and Mazda CX-5.