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Chicago LIVE: Kia updates its Sportage crossover for 2020

by Byron Hurd

Kia's compact gets updated convenience features and a new look.

The updated 2020 Kia Sportage debuted in Chicago Thursday, showing off an updated exterior look along with some mid-cycle improvements across the compact crossover's lineup. 

Sportage has long been one of the more engaging drives in the segment thanks to its available high-output turbocharged engine combined with all-wheel-drive and a dynamics-focused suspension. 

For 2020, Kia left the core components of that formula alone, opting instead to focus on content additions and updates. Features like smart cruise control with stop/start capability and forward collision assist with pedestrian detection add to an already attractive package.

The changes to the Sportage's exterior are not particularly extensive. New headlamps (which are now available as LED units) and a revised lower bumper are the salient differences up front, and detail elements such as the grille and fog lamp inserts have been revised as well. 

In the back, the rear bumper is a new piece, and the skid plate beneath it has been redesigned as well. Kia also assures us that the tail light trim is new, but we'll have to wait to see it on the show floor to verify that. 

The interior gets some upgraded features as well, including a standard 8" infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a redesigned steering wheel and new vent surrounds. A new leatherette seating material and a wireless device charger are available as well. 

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