Ever since the South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer KIA Motors arrived in Pakistan, auto fanatics have something new to look forward to.
Pakistanis are loving the new variants by KIA and other companies that have brought variety to the country. In no time, the auto-titan created a strong foothold in the country.
Now, fans and potential customers are looking forward to another great addition to the KIA family. The manufacturer is reportedly rolling out as next-gen KIA Sportage (codenamed NQ5).
Although most of the information available is based on speculations, we can have a relatively good idea of what to expect from the variant.
KIA Sportage (NQ5) Launch Date
According to a Korean blog, the speculated launch date of the newly upgraded 5th Gen Sportage is April 2021. The blog has also claimed that the Sportage has been given the codename NQ5.
New Sportage Trim
The blog also claims that KIA is planning on introducing a new trim with the lineup – Gravity.
Brand New Design
According to the blog:
“Initially, Kia Motors expected to launch long body versions of the new Sportage in major markets including South Korea and Europe. This is attributable to Kia’s recent efforts to secure a full range of SUV products, diversification of products due to the weakening of the semi-mid-size SUV market, and expectations of the revival of the first-generation Sportage Grand (Long body) after 20 years (pictured above).
“This longer body could have arrived at the new Tucson too, but now is confirmed that will have only the regular version, which is also bigger but still a 5-seater to not compete with Santa Fe. In the case of Kia, they explained at that time that the long body will only be released in China.”
Expected Safety Features
The expected features of the new 2021 Kia Sportage (as seen on Tucson) are:
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
• Lane Following Assist (LFA)
• Blind-Spot View Monitor
• Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
• Surround View Monitor
• Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (RPCA)
• Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
• High Beam Assist (HBA)
• Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
• Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
• Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go
• Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
• Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
• Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection (aka AEB)
When we talk about under the hood, the NQ5 is rumored to be equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, producing 190 horsepower. A 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot may also be on the offer with either plug-in hybrid or hybrid technology.
The current Sportage comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated. Since the Sportage and Tucson are like sisters, we can expect to see both to share their technology and platforms.
We now have to wait at least another 6-7 months to know what the 5th Gen KIA Sportage will offer. But, we will also have to wait and see when does the local automotive market in Pakistan receives this variant.
The specifications for the 5th gen model can also vary from market to market, depending on the manufacturer.
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