Kia already unveiled the 2023 Sportage a few months ago, but now we have the U.S. specifications, which includes its dimensions, the base engine and details about its trim levels.
The new Sportage is a major styling departure from its predecessor. It’s also significantly larger at 7.1-inches longer with a 3.4-inch longer wheelbase. The larger footprint increases the rear legroom from 38.2 inches to 41.3 and there’s now 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That’s a big improvement from 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the last Sportage.
Just like the exterior, the interior is also more stylish. The stand out are the dual 12.3-inch screens, which include the digital gauge cluster and infotainment system.
The 2023 Sportage will be available in several trim levels: LX, EX, SX, SX Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige. The last three are new and bring a more rugged look to the crossover. The “X” models get unique front and rear bumpers, gloss black trim, raised roof rails and unique interior stitching. They also get an extra 1.5-inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive.
Kia hasn’t revealed the full specs for what will power the 2023 Sportage, but the base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which replaces the old 2.4-liter unit. It generates 187 horsepower, six more than the outgoing engine. The 2.5-liter engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Kia has confirmed a Sportage hybrid is coming and we expect a turbo to be added as well.
The 2023 Kia Sportage will arrive early next year.