- Kia has launched a thirtieth Anniversary model of the Sportage for Korea.
- It has particular wheels, inexperienced quilted leather-based upholstery, and thirtieth Anniversary badging.
- We do not have U.S.-specific data on this mannequin yr, however we expect it would come to our shores.
The Sportage SUV wasn’t the primary Kia mannequin bought within the U.S.—that will be the long-forgotten Sephia sedan—however it’s the Korean model’s longest-running nameplate. Kia is now celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Sportage with a special-edition mannequin for the Korean market. The bundle consists of distinctive badging, inside trim, and some different exterior tweaks, and we expect it would finally make its option to the U.S. market, presumably for the 2024 Sportage.
Our favourite addition is the inexperienced quilted leather-based upholstery discovered inside, which appears nice contrasted with black suede trim. The headrests even have embroidered “30 Sportage” logos. On the surface, the primary modifications are completely different 19-inch wheels and further black trim for the entrance fascia. The pictured mannequin is completed in matte-gray paint that appears just like the Shadow Matte Grey at the moment obtainable on the 2023 Sportage Hybrid for $595 additional.
Kia has additionally positioned a pristine-looking instance of the unique first-generation Sportage within the foyer of its Kia 360 showroom in Korea to commemorate the event. This era was bought within the U.S. beginning for the 1995 mannequin yr, and we in contrast it towards a number of different small SUVs in a 1998 comparability take a look at.
We have not but acquired affirmation whether or not or not the Sportage thirtieth Anniversary Version mannequin will come to the U.S. market, however we anticipate an identical bundle to be obtainable right here finally. Keep tuned for extra particulars to return on the 2024 Sportage.
Regardless of being raised on a gradual weight-reduction plan of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or maybe due to it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive trade all through his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He discovered a option to write about vehicles for the varsity newspaper throughout his school years at Rice College, which finally led him to maneuver to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first skilled auto-writing gig at Car Journal. He has been a part of the Automotive and Driver group since 2016 and now lives in New York Metropolis.