Kia decided to remake the updated Sportage

Kia decided to remake the updated Sportage

October 23, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Korean automaker several times postponed the premiere date of the next generation of the Kia Sportage crossover and now it became known what was the reason.

The next generation Kia Sportage is finally out for testing ahead of its domestic debut. According to AutoHerald, the new Sportage (NQ5 in-plant index) was supposed to be released in the first half of 2020, but the launch dates were delayed two times: from the first to the second half of this year, and later until the actual release date, which is set for April 2021. …

The reason for the delay was to improve design and competitiveness, as negotiated internally by Kia Motors executives, including recently inaugurated Hyundai Motor Group chairman Eisun Chang.

At the same time, it is known that Yuisun Chang participated in meetings and coordinated some improvements with the design and product leaders. According to the source, the Sportage’s new tailgate design and other details were discussed, and despite the view that the development period could be extended, Chairman Chang emphasized “impeccable quality” and decided to send the car back for revision rather than a near-finished product.

The new Sportage, which shares the platform and powertrain with the recently launched fourth generation Hyundai Tucson, is expected to receive improved interior, dynamics and technology through the use of a new 3rd generation bogie along with a new powertrain lineup that will include a mild hybrid. hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

“The Sportage is the most exported model of Kia Motors vehicles, and therefore we must focus on impeccable quality in all areas, from design to performance,” said the brand.