The Sportage was one of Kia's first SUVs, debuting in the mid-1990s when America's SUV craze was just kicking off. The Sportage has grown over the years, allowing the smaller Kia Seltos and Soul to fill the entry-level slots and freeing the Sportage up to compete against class stalwarts Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. We've recently seen spy photos of camouflaged prototypes being tested on public roads. Considering that the Sportage's corporate sibling — the Hyundai Tucson — just underwent the knife, we anticipate the Sportage will follow.
Expect the Sportage to grow with this redesign. While the current model offers a decent amount of passenger space, it's significantly lacking in cargo space when compared to its rivals. We also expect the Sportage to adopt an overall design that puts it more in line with some of Kia's newer models, including the Sorento SUV and the new K5 sedan. Look for Kia's latest in-car tech and driver aids too. As with the Tucson, we expect to see a range of gasoline and hybrid powertrains that should reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.