The carmaker has begun production of the next-generation 2023 Kia Sportage at its facility in West Point, Georgia.
Yesterday, on February 2, 2022, the Kia Georgia team celebrated the start of production of the all-new Kia Sportage crossover, the brand’s longest and award-winning nameplate. The very first vehicle in Jungle Green with an X-Pro Prestige trim package rolled off the assembly line, the company informs.
Kia North America’s President and CEO, Sean Yoon, introduced the model, and then it was driven off the line by James Watson, Kia Georgia’s Vice President of production, and Georgia’s Governor Brian P. Kemp.
The Kia Sportage joins the other models made at that plant, such as the Sorento and Telluride SUVs and the Kia K5 sedan.
The Sportage crossover is coming this spring. Customers can choose the rugged X-Pro trim or the Hybrid model. The latter is powered by a 226-hp turbo hybrid engine. Its combined fuel efficiency is 39 miles per gallon.
The X-Pro version features a multi-terrain AWD system with 4 modes, 8.3-inch ground clearance, SynTex seating, high-utility roof rails, BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, exclusive color options.
The new Kia Sportage has the best-in-class cargo room, 41.3 inches of 2nd-row legroom, a smart power liftgate, 12.3-inch dual panoramic connectivity displays; a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and ten advanced driver assistance technologies; a blind-spot view monitor is available among other ‘goodies’.