4 November 2021 · Kia Sportage

Kia Starts European Production Of All-New Sportage

Kia Starts European Production Of All-New Sportage


  • Production of fifth-generation Sportage SUV gets underway at the Kia base in Žilina, SlovaKia
  • High-tech plant, with its flexible and modular approach, oversees advanced electrified Sportage production
  • SlovaKia is the ‘spiritual home’ of the Sportage, having produced three generations of the award-winning and popular SUV

2 November 2021 – Production of the all-new Kia Sportage has officially commenced at the company’s state-of-the-art plant in Žilina, SlovaKia. The fifth-generation Sportage is the latest in a long line of Sportage models that have rolled out of Kia SlovaKia since 2006. In that time, more than two million units have been manufactured, helping to meet Sportage demand from customers across Europe.

And now, for the first time in its rich 28-year history, a dedicated European version of the Sportage has been designed, developed, and optimized specifically for European tastes. Based on a new architecture, the Sportage combines a sleek yet muscular and modern exterior design with a cutting-edge premium interior featuring a swooping integrated curved display that houses the very latest advancements in connectivity tech.

State-of-the-art hybrid powertrains further enhance the Sportage’s capabilities, serving to dramatically reduce emissions and enhance fuel economy. An advanced hybrid (HEV) model represents another first for the Sportage and it is joined with a mild-hybrid (MHEV) derivative and a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV)* option. The PHEV prioritizes electric-only driving that can cover most daily trips from home to work or for daily shopping needs. The very latest internal combustion clean petrol and diesel engines (ICE) are available in various efficiency, transmission, and power versions. Showcasing the advanced flexibility and modularity of the Kia SlovaKia plant, all four types of Sportage drivetrains – PHEV, HEV, MHEV, and ICE – will be assembled in Žilina. Read More