All-new Kia Sportage revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Ahead of its Frankfurt motor show debut, the all-new Kia Sportage has been revealed with a fresh look for the fourth-generation SUV.

Brand new styling sees the heavily redesigned Sportage take a much more robust look, similar to the recently launched Sorento in that it features a beefed up front end and overall more rugged appearance.

The nose of the new Sportage is where most of the changes have occurred, with the headlights no longer integrated into the grille and sit higher up towards the bonnet; meanwhile, the lower foglights sit in a cluster along with a lower second grille. As a result, the new Sportage for 2016 is graced with a look that enables it to fit in with similarly facelifted Kias.

At the rear, Kia says the styling was inspired by its Provo concept from 2013, which is evident from that line running horizontally across the bootlid between the two sets of lights. Other changes see the indicator and reversing lights sitting much lower down than before and have their own cluster on the rear bumper.

An upgraded cabin is very much anticipated compared to the third-gen car, with owners’ feedback having influenced this decision, according to UK Kia boss Paul Philpott.

He stated: “We recognise that for a more demanding audience issues such as interior quality, refinement and ride and handling are essential. All of those aspects have been addressed. We have done this because of what our customers have told us.”

Just the one interior design is to be expected, with the infotainment unit the only element that is set to change depending on the spec chosen. The centre console, like many modern arrangements, will feature less buttons for cleaner ergonomics, thanks to many being integrated into the new infotainment unit.

The cabin will not only feature a “rich material quality”, but will also bring in new technology featured across the current Kia range, including wireless phone charging and a system that helps when reversing into traffic. The higher trim levels will also benefit from high-end Harman Kardon stereo systems.

Kia is yet to give us any details on the array of engines available for the new Sportage, but you may only need to look to sister company Hyundai and its similar cars such as the IX35 and Tucson, with their 1.7- and 2.0-litre diesel powertrains likely to beshared with the new Sportage. One thing we do know, is that the fourth-gen Sportage will a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

We’ll see the all-new Kia Sportage when it’s fully revealed at September’s Frankfurt motor show, while the car will be fully launched in February 2016 with pricing being announced closer to that date.

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