Our photographer managed to catch prototypes of refreshed 2019 Kia Sportage several times until now. However, those testing models were wearing camouflage across their end every time. Well, every time until today, because the newest testing version of the modern crossover doesn’t hide anything at all. This means that the official debut can’t be too far away. As far as we know, the 2019 Sportage will be introduced at this year’s Paris Motor Show, but the naked prototype makes us believe that the day could be even sooner.
In any case, the facelifted Kia Sportage is featuring several new details in the front. There are a slightly restyled tiger-nose grille and a quartet of new lights. More precisely, the new for lamps are cut in half by chrome accents, while the redesigned headlights host full-LED technology. Around back, the crossover gets a new bumper with some chrome finishes and additional reflectors. Higher, the rear hatch hosts red strip that connects taillights.
We have no idea what the Korean car manufacturer prepares inside. The single shot indicates a bit reworked center screen and definitely an updated infotainment system, while everything else seems untouched. The prototype is using Recaro seats, but this will not be the case with the production model. Instead, this is just for Nürburgring testing.
The 2019 Kia Sportage will most likely keep the existing engine options. However, most of them will be mated to a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system which is here to improve fuel economy and to lower emissions. The starter-generator unit is paired with a 0.46kWh 48V lithium-ion battery and delivers 13 horsepower. It also recuperates energy from engine braking.
Since we are talking about a mid-cycle update here, the 2019 Kia Sportage will either keep the base price untouched. Though, the models mated to a hybrid aid will likely be slightly more expensive.