CHICAGO -- The Kia Sportage compact crossover is getting a freshening that combines ruggedness with convenience.
The 2020 Sportage, introduced Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, receives a new S trim, more driver-assist features and a standard 8-inch touch screen for LX, S and EX variants.
The five-seater is targeted at consumers who don't need, or want, the volume of a larger vehicle but desire the functionality and creature comforts typically found in more upscale vehicles.
The Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year. The next-generation crossover, due for the 2022 model year, could include a hybrid version. Kia sold 82,823 units of the crossover in the U.S. last year, up 14 percent from 2017.
The Sportage was an early entry in the small utility market when Kia entered the U.S. 25 years ago this month.
"Adding features like wireless smartphone charging and smart cruise control keep the cute ute running with the pack, helping sales growth roll on," said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.
The 2020 Sportage is expected to go on sale in the first half of the year. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's on-sale date.
Significant exterior design changes for 2020 model include new headlights with optional LED turn indicators, redesigned taillight trim, new front and rear fascias and a new metallic Steel Grey exterior color.
The 2020 Sportage offers a suite of driver-assist features including lane-keeping assistance, smart cruise control with start and stop and forward-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
Along with the new S sporty exterior trim, the Sportage is offered in LX, EX and SX variants in front- or all-wheel drive.
The vehicle is available with a 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection engine that produces 181 hp and 175 pound-feet of torque, or a 2.0-liter turbo GDI that delivers up to 240 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.