2019 Kia Sportage Revealed With New Mild-Hybrid And Diesel Powertrains

Kia released the first official information on the 2019 Sportage, ahead of its autumn launch. As expected, highlights include the addition of a new 2.0-liter diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, as well as a new 1.6-liter diesel unit that’s claiming to be “the cleanest diesel engine Kia has ever made”.

Other revisions include subtle updates to the Sportage’s design, including new front and rear bumpers, redesigned front and rear lamps, revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamps and new wheel designs (16 up to 19 inches).

Kia will also add five new paint options, with GT-Line models set to get a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plates and dual exhausts, among others.

The interior of the facelifted Kia Sportage now features a new steering wheel, a revised instrument cluster and a new two-tone upholstery. The safety kit list includes Kia’s latest driving assistance systems, including Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking maneuvers, and Driver Attention Warning.

The Korean car maker also updated the infotainment system for European models, which now gets a 7.0-inch display as standard, while a ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch display is offered as an option.

Kia didn’t reveal technical details on the new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, dubbed EcoDynamics+, aside from saying that the 2.0-liter diesel engine’s performance is boosted by a 48-volt battery and a Mild-Hybrid Starter Generator unit. Kia claims that the new hybrid powertrain can reduce CO2 emissions by 4 percent on the new WLTP cycle.

As for the other engine, the new 1.6-liter ‘U3’ CRDi will replace the existing 1.7-liter unit in the range and will be available in two power guises: 115 or 136PS (113hp or 134hp). The latter version will be available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The updated 2019 Kia Sportage will go on sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2018, so expect to learn more about its diesel hybrid powertrain option in the months to come.

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  • Nordschleife

    I think this car was in desperate need of some new headlights so I am happy they addressed that. It’s a little more fussy than I’d prefer but I like how extensive Hyundai & Kia go with their mid-cycle refreshes versus some other automakers.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Diesel hybrid… I’m listening.

  • Enter Ranting

    Lose the giant fake air intakes in the front and you’ve got something. You’re not fooling anyone into thinking this is an Indycar.

  • Mill0048

    I like the redesign, but I liked the zenki model’s front bumper and fog-lights better.

  • bd0007

    The subtle changes to the shape of the headlights makes a big difference – a much needed improvement.

    Unlike the Tucson, the Sportage didn’t need much done to its interior.

  • eb110americana

    My mom has a loaded 2.0t Sportage, I think 2017. It has a lot of nice features, and she thinks it’s a luxury car because of them, so she likes driving it. The engine is plenty powerful, but the transmission is epically bad to the point that the power is unusable. It either short shifts the engine into permanent turbo lag, or if you put it in sport mode or floor the throttle to get downshifts, the kickdowns are harsh enough to create stability issues with the transmission hunting gears trying to avoid redline while simultaneously grabbing the lowest gear possible. The electric steering is also the worst I have ever driven in my life. That alone would keep me from buying the car. It feels as if there is someone at the other end of the steering column with their own steering wheel, trying to dial in the amount of resistance they think you need. Hopefully they addressed the transmission programming with something between EPA miser and manic Fast & Furious just got his license yesterday. And hopefully the steering is better as well.

  • Craig

    Very nice looking!

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