Some earlier spy shots of the refreshed 2019 Kia Sportage haven’t given too many answers, though the last testing prototype gave up everything we want to know about the interesting crossover. That’s because the car manufacturer has forgotten to use the camouflage this time.
The refreshed crossover SUV has been spied leaving gas station near the Nürburgring. Even though the new model doesn’t really have too many new details, there are several quite evident changes. Up front, the updated 2019 Sportage features a pair of full-LED headlights and totally different fog lamps which have been halved in half with chrome bars. Kia’s trademark tiger-nose grille is still here, though it’s essentially different from the previous. As far as we can see, the new grille sports less vertical. In the rear, the 2019 Kia Sportage lost the chrome strip between taillights in favor of the red strip that connects the backlights. Below, the bumper gets some chrome, while exhaust pipes appear to be just slightly modified. The cabin will reportedly host just updated infotainment system and nothing else.
Under the hood, the refreshed 2019 Kia Sportage will reportedly get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The setup will not have any drastic influence on crossover’s power. Instead, it will be there to improve fuel economy results and to lower CO2 emissions. To be more precise, this is going to be a 48-volt starter-generator that delivers 13 horsepower and recovers kinetic energy. The energy will be stored in a small 0.46 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Korean car manufacturer hasn’t said which of the current engines will be mated to the aid.
The refreshed crossover is spotted without any camouflage, but the official debut is not as near as it looks like. No, the 2019 Sportage will likely wait for the 2018 Paris Motor Show.