Kia Reveals the 2023 Kia Sportage

It’s not even 2022 yet, and Kia Corp is already busting out the details of the 2023 Kia Sportage SUV. Undergoing a complete transformation, hot on the heels of the new generation of the Kia Sorento, the Sportage gets bigger and bolder. Following the pattern, the 2023 Sportage also hints at plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the vehicle in the coming years. With the automaker going in multiple directions – electric vehicles (EVs) like the EV6, purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), high-performance vehicles like the GT-Line, and adventurous vehicles like the X-Line. The new Kia Sportage will get a little more exposure to these variants of the Kia Corp lineup.

“While Kia moves purposefully toward electrification, we are further strengthening the Sportage lineup by adding a variety of options suited for all different kinds of customers…The tremendous success formula of our current stable of SUVs has been infused into every ounce of the new Sportage, transforming it into a leader of the pack with its cutting-edge design, adventurous capability and desirable in-car technology.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia America, Kia North America

Already shaking things up, the Kia Sportage comes with five trims plus two X-Pro trims. The entire lineup is LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line trims, plus the all-new Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trims for going off-road, equipped with all-terrain tires. Even though this is the 2023 model, the gasoline variant of the all-new Sportage will go on sale during the first quarter of 2022, so consumers can start the new year with an adventure.

Under the hood is a new 2.5-liter I-4, with a targeted horsepower of 187hp, the Sportage isn’t made to win any drag-races. Still, with the ability to get front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) right from the start, the 2023 Sportage is an SUV that can go just about anywhere. Following Kia’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy, this SUV is smooth yet rugged, on-road control and off-road confidence combined. The new Tiger Nose signature grille spans the entire width of the front fascia, mimicking more of a tiger face these days. Angular fenders and “boomerang” DRLS give the Sportage a sharp shape with muscular shoulders that add more volume and overall shape to the SUV.

Inside, the cabin is looking more futuristic with an available dual panoramic curved display with available dual panoramic curved display, nearly 25-inches of digital goodness – literally, the driver is greeted by one 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, plus a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Again, this is an available setup, not standard. On the EX and above, trims come with animal-free leather upholstery. For feelings of luxury, the SX and above trims come with real stitching and detailed patterns on the seats. Along with the comfort of leather, the 2023 Kia Sportage has expanded, now with best-in-class rear legroom for rear passengers (41.3 inches). The new Sportage also comes with the best-in-class rear cargo capacity with 39.6 cu-ft. of space with a dual level cargo floor.

Tech also gets a boost, with a new intuitive touchpad for controlling functions within the cabin, replacing physical knobs and a cluttered center console. With multi-connection Bluetooth for up to two smartphones, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, users can create personalized profiles for settings such as climate, infotainment preferences, phone connection pairings, and more. With luxury in mind for not just comfort but technology, available features like a Harman Kardon premium audio system or the recently discussed Kia Connect services. Then there is also Kia and safety.

Always offering consumers more standard and more optional advanced safety features, the 2023 Kia Sportage comes with the following systems standard – Driver Attention Warning (DAW), LED Headlights with High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Rear View Monitor (RVM), Reverse Parking Distance Warning (PDW-R). Then, there are many Advanced Driver Assistance Systems available on select trims. These consist of Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA), Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Forward Parking Distance Warning (PDW-F), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Zone (NSCC-Z), Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance (PCA-R), Safe Exit Warning (SEW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC).

Interested in the X-Line? Blending sporty and rugged, the exterior comes with many unique features to set it apart. These include new front and rear bumpers with a satin chrome surround with a side garnish, surrounds with a gloss black finish for the side mirrors, roof rack, and windows. The roof rack rails also support lifestyles looking for adventure, and the whole body rides on exclusive 19-inch wheels. The X-Pro is a real off-road trail-ready vehicle. Could it give a certain automaker a run for its money? The 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro comes with B.F. Goodrich all-terrain tires; 17-inch matte black off-road wheels; LED fog lights and available LED Projector headlights (standard on X-Pro Prestige); a heated windshield and wiper washer nozzle; multi-terrain drive modes with Normal, Sport, Smart, and Snow modes; ventilated front seats (X-Pro Prestige); an 8-way power front passenger seat (X-Pro Prestige); and available two-tone roof for a slick look. Sounds great doesn’t it? This SUV is going to be a game changer. Find the 2023 Kia Sportage SUV at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Kia America Announces Kia Connect

Some time ago, Kia Corp announced that it would take its once long-standing infotainment system, known as UVO (UVO Link and UVO eServices), and replace it with a new system the automaker was working on. Since that announcement, we haven’t really heard anything about it from Kia. Perhaps development for the tech got delayed with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the global chip shortage in the fallout of the pandemic in 2021. Whatever the case may be, Kia America recently announced its new app-based telematics system, Kia Connect.

Starting with 2022 model year vehicles, the new Kia Connect will start popping up, with one or more configurations of each Kia vehicle having access to Kia Connect. This new infotainment system builds on what already made UVO so great, adding new updates and added amenities, including Map Over the Air (OTA) updates, and advanced safety measures, such as the newly-introduced Stolen Vehicle Recovery feature. Feeling powerless when someone experiences a carjacking is horrible, but many new vehicles these days have a feature like this that immobilizes the vehicle and assists law enforcement in the recovery process with location sharing. For consumers with Google Android or Apple devices, the new Kia Connect comes with an available Kia Access App. Designed with a new interface for a more intuitive user experience, users can use smartphones and smartwatches to remote features, but that’s just the beginning. Smart Speaker Integration changes everything.

Turning a home into a smart home these days doesn’t take much. With a virtual assistant like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and a split internet network with a distinct 2.4 gHz connection, one can control everything from the lights in various rooms to the various appliances if connected through the smart device. With Kia Connect, consumers can do one more thing with a smart device – control their vehicle with their voice. Small things at first, like remote start, but Kia is also working on releasing futuristic features such as remote and smart parking. Although Kia is blowing things up with the EV6 lately, enhancing how consumers can connect with their cars is still getting more advanced.

“As Kia shifts to electrification, in-car connectivity is a core pillar of the brand…To that end, Kia Connect will deliver a world-class customer experience through an array of features that enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality, and user control.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America

Many features will be made available through Kia Connect, some already popping up on 2021 and especially 2022 models. These include a Wi-Fi Hotspot that can connect up to five devices to 4G LTE based internet, Connected Routing with real-time maps and predicted traffic, Last Mile Navigation for navigation down to the very last step, Smart Speaker Integration, Connected Weather for updated weather information for more than 25,000 cities, enhanced voice assist functions, 911 Connect and Enhanced Roadside Assistance with 24/7 roadside assistance, On-demand Find My Car with Surround View Monitor, and like any good smart device, Kia Connect integrates the owner’s personal calendar into the infotainment system. These show up as calendar events in the navigation system.

The 2023 Kia Sportage is the first model to be announced to come with Kia Connect. We talked more about this in length in another article. You can read all about it in that link. Check out all Kia America is up to when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall social media.

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Kia Corp Teases All-New SUV

Well, it’s finally happening. Back in 2019, Kia announced that it was going to become an all-electric automaker. This announcement also came shortly after Kia announced that the automaker was also going to start three new lines – GT for high performance, X for adventure and off-road activity, and the EX Designer Collection for adding high-end features to low-end trims. It was a lot to take on, but Kia was quick to release the concept for the Kia Futuron, now known as the Kia EV6. It all started with the Imagine by Kia concept during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and the automaker is not stopping. The newest PR teases an all-new SUV, and all signs are pointing to the next all-electric vehicle, an EV Kia Telluride.

Okay, take that one with a grain of salt. Yes, there was a leak from inside sources about an electric vehicle (EV) variant of the Kia Telluride, and after producing an already popular electric crossover, working on an SUV is the next step. If an automaker can make an electric SUV and a crossover, than a large car or sedan is easy – the market is already saturated by SUVs and crossovers, please bring back smaller cars, I’m begging you – but the electric SUV may follow the pattern of the EV6 and may be named the EV7 or EV8. With the K8 luxury sedan coming out, EV7 makes more sense and will avoid some confusion with the Kia K5/Optima also using numbers in the name.

Like we said, the Kia EV6 is already incredibly popular. Kia Corp announced the First Edition of the EV6 available for preorder on the manufacture website, and it’s already sold out. The Kia EV6 First Edition comes with an Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a wide sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year subscription to SiriusXM, dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor. Built off of the GT trim, not only is the Launch Edition the most high-performing of the lineup, but it comes with plenty of the great technology in the EV6 we discussed in the past.

Knowing how successful the Kia EV6, it makes perfect sense that the Kia EV7 SUV will be next. However, the PR is a bit mysterious when it comes to the all-new SUV by Kia Corp. Making its virtual debut October 27, 2021, there will be plenty of new information on the date, especially with sales set for early 2022. All we know now, based on the PR, is this SUV can come front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AD0, standard advanced safety features like advanced driver assistance systems, plus high-tech entertainment options. Add in a little off-road capability and all-terrain tires, this SUV sounds like it’s ready for an adventure? But is this all-new SUV the electric SUV we’ve been promised? With such little information, it’s hard to tell, but the official debut is soon, and then we’ll have plenty to talk about. Follow along with us about the all-new SUV from Kia Corp on Miami Lakes social media.

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