Kia introduced the fourth-generation Sportage back in the fall of 2015 so it comes as little surprise that the company is preparing a facelift for the popular crossover.
Recently spotted undergoing testing, the facelifted model is heavily camouflaged but it appears to have new headlights with four circular daytime running lights. A closer inspection also reveals a modified front bumper with a wide strip of chrome trim. The air intakes have also been changed and they are complimented by new fog lights.
While the doors are camouflaged on this particular prototype, previous spy photos have shown they won’t see any modifications. The same can’t be said about the rear of the Sportage as the model has updated LED taillights. The rear bumper could also see some changes but it’s hard to tell because of the disguise.
It remains to be seen if there will be any major interior changes but we can probably expect the usual mid-cycle updates. These may include new upholstery, an updated infotainment system and modern driver assistance features. Hopefully, Kia will also be able to add higher quality materials and new switchgear.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but the US model is offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp (135 kW) and 175 lb-ft (237 Nm) of torque. Customers can also order the Sportage SX Turbo which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with up to 240 hp (179 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.
While the engines could carryover, the vice chairman of research and development for the Hyundai Motor Group recently said the company was working on a 48 volt mild-hybrid system for the model. Little is known about the setup but it should improve fuel efficiency while also reducing emissions.