The 2020 Kia Sportage is slated for a spring 2019 release, and it just recently made its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

For car enthusiasts, some of the tweaks for the 2019 model was immediately noticeable, which includes a revamped lower fascia that bisects the headlights. Speaking of lights, the turn signals have been upgraded with LED lighting. In the rear, tweaks have been made to the bumper, exhaust, and taillights. Kia has described the refreshed exterior as “sporty,” and we couldn’t think of a better word ourselves. This is especially so with the new alloy wheels, which Kia automakers described as a “distinctly European design.” If you happen to prefer neutral car colors, you may also be pleased to know that Steel Grey has been added to the existing palette options.

In the cabin, an extra dose of technology is evident. An eight-inch touchscreen is now standard equipment, which was previously only available in the top trims. New driver-assist systems have been added as well, such as driver attention warning, high beam assist, and forward collision warning. Visit Digital Trends to learn more about the technology-related upgrades.

Another interesting addition is the hybrid powertrain, EcoDynamics+. However, there is no confirmation whether this diesel engine mated to an electric motor will make a North American release.

You can wait for spring for the release of the 2020 model, or head on over to Sansone Kia right now to see the 2019 Kia Sportage. The latter, by the way, was elected the 2019 Editors’ Choice winner by Car and Driver. We look forward to welcoming this new Kia SUV to our Avenel, NJ Nissan dealership soon!