Kia is making a brand new crossover SUV. The vehicle which is originally planned to be available in some parts of Asia only will most definitely reach the U.S. soil as well. Why? Well, crossovers are “hot stuff” worldwide, so why not? Judging by the newest reports, the new high-riding model will be named the 2020 Kia Tusker and will be heavily influenced by the SP Soul Concept.
The automaker already offers the similar-sized Sportage nameplate in North America, but regardless of the fact, there’s open space for at least one more without any doubt. The newcomer will most definitely be the less expensive option from the Sportage. I know that because the manufacturer has no intention to offer an AWD option. Instead, the 2020 Tusker will use a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated option that will supply front wheels only. In addition to the trusty six-speed auto gearbox, the automaker will also offer a more expensive seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission too. Some markets will get a 1.4-liter turbo mill without any doubt, but not the U.S.
Even though it has been camouflaged, the exterior styling of the all-new compact crossover is familiar already. As we said, the model will mirror the aforementioned concept, so you can expect the same tiger nose in the front. On the other hand, the production headlights are not as sleek as concept’s, while the bumper appears to be reshaped as well. Although the prototype looks sporty enough, the profile reveals toned-down body lines. The prototype of the Kia Tusker rides on some fancy schmancy wheels, which will hopefully stay when the production version arrives. So far, the only details available at the rear are the vertical taillights and nothing else.
Judging by the newest reports, the 2020 Kia Tusker will become available in the second half of this year. Some reports claim that the manufacturer reconsiders a hybrid powertrain for its future crossover, but that has not been confirmed so far.