After we saw a lot of teaser and spy photos, it is now time to meet the new generation Kia Sportage, one of the most popular crossovers in Europe, along the current Nissan Qashqai. The new Sportage will be officially unveiled in Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then we have three photos and a press release.
Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a progressive design. The ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the bonnet and wheel arches.
Immediately recognisable as a Kia, the Sportage’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille adds some identity. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase.
At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car’s width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated.
The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.