Kia Sportage 2019 facelift spied while stopping for a refuel in South Korea

Updated Nov 24, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

A closer look at the Kia Sportage 2019 facelift spotted in its home market.

Last month, some spy shots of the Kia Sportage 2019 facelift surfaced, hinting that the compact SUV will receive a number of tweaks on the outside though not too significant. And now, thanks to the Motorgraph – a Korean automotive magazine, we have chances to take a closer look at the revised Sportage as it was spied again in South Korea while stopping for a refuel.

Kia Sportage 2019 facelift spy shot angular front

The Sportage 2019 spotted while stopping for a refuel in South Korea

Although the refreshed Kia Sportage 2019 was caught wearing heavy camouflage, we can still point out some visible styling changes in terms of its exterior such as:

  • Lower apron with bigger air intake and new fog lights;
  • Redesigned ‘tiger nose’ grille;
  • New set of head lights featuring the same 4-point daytime running lights found in the latest Kia Ceed and Kia Forte.

Moving on to the rear, the cladding cannot hide new LED tail lamps underneath and refreshed bumper.

Kia Sportage 2019 facelift spy shot angular rear

At the rear, there are a new set of LED tail lights and redesigned bumper

Just like the set of spy images unveiled in February, we have yet to preview the Kia Sportage 2019 interior this time either. However, it is said that the Korean automaker will offer the revamped Sportage with more premium materials, improved trim levels, and updated infotainment system so as to keep the compact SUV up-to-date with its siblings.

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As for the powertrain, the upcoming SUV is likely powered by possible options including a naturally-aspirated and turbo petrol-fed engines displacing 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4 litres and 1.7 and 2.0L turbodiesels. These powerplants will still be mated to 6-speed automatic and manual, as well as 7-speed dual-clutch gearboxes.

While waiting for further information from Kia for this facelifted Sportage, take a look at our full-scale review for the current-gen Kia Sportage in the Philippines.

Kia Sportage 2018 price in the Philippines
Model 2017 SRP 2018 SRP Difference
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 SL AT GAS P1,245,000 P1,275,000 P30,000
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 SL AT DSL P1,395,000 P1,475,000 P80,000
Kia Sportage 2.0L 4x2 GT-Line DSL P1,725,000 P1,745,000 P20,000

Know more about Kia Sportage 2022

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage 2022 Philippines is a 5-seater compact crossover that is competing in the local market in its fourth-generation version. It is still unclear as to when will the fifth-gen arrive on our shores. In the local market, it is available in three variants with a price that ranges from Php 1,290,000 to Php 1,820,000. Under the hood, there are two engine options. First is the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that makes 153 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque, while the second option is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine good for 182 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Diesel variants use an 8-speed automatic with Shiftronic, while the sole gas variant gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of dimensions, the Sportage is 4,480 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, and 1,645 mm high (1,655 mm for top-spec GT-Line). It also comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,670 mm and 172 mm, respectively. In the local market, the Korean compact crossover goes up against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester.

₱ 1,290,000 - ₱ 1,820,000

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