The new Kia Sportage has been uncovered in a unique spec with shorter wheelbase and range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.

Kia has unveiled the new fifth-generation Sportage with hybrid drivetrains.

The new platform brings two versions this time, with along wheelbase and shorter wheelbase versions. There won’t be an electric version, in part because the Sportage is a similar size to the forthcoming EV6.

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The shorter version is 4515mm long – 85mm shorter than the global model – although it is 30mm longer than the previous generation. The 2680mm wheelbase is 10mm longer than before but 75mm shorter than the Hyundai’s.

Inside, the new Sportage shares a dashboard with the EV6 and is dominated by a  curved display comprising two 12.3-inch digital screens. Key controls are operated through a row of ‘multi-mode’ haptic buttons, which change functions depending on the task required. For example, one dial controls the volume and heating levels, depending on which mode is selected. The Sportage also retains a number of physical controls and has several storage areas.

Outside is a new front end with Kia’s ‘tiger grille’, the side bodywork of the European model has been reworked extensively to take account of its shorter overall length and wheelbase. The C-pillar in particular has been significantly revised, losing the window built into the longer car. There is also a different rear bumper design, and European models in GT-Line trim will get a black contrasting roof.

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Its boot is around 10 per cent bigger than the previous Sportage’s, with Kia claiming around 500 litres of storage, depending on powertrain. Because the plug-in hybrid model places batteries under the floor of the car, Kia says there will be minimal impact on boot space for that model.

The Sportage will be offered with a range of electrified petrol and diesel powertrains. A 1.6-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine will deliver 110kW and 133kW, and a diesel MHEV will be available with 84kW and 100kW. There will also be a 169kW 1.6-litre hybrid option and a 195kW plug-in hybrid that features a 13.8kWh battery for 50km of electric-only running.

Compared to the model confirmed for Australia, we get a 2.0L petrol producing 117kW and 191Nm, a 1.6L turbo petrol making 132kW and 265Nm, and a 2.0L turbo-diesel developing 137kW and 417Nm of torque.


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