Kia’s new Sportage has finally been revealed—officially, this time—and we’re glad to report it features an attractive, unique design that should that should distinguish it in the marketplace from the sea of more conservatively-styled compact crossovers including its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. The fourth-generation Sportage makes its debut on September 15 at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
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The Korean firm’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille remains, but the headlights are no longer integrated with this central feature. At the rear, the styling has been inspired by 2013’s Provo concept car, with slim combination lamps joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear.
The body has a more raked profile than before, which we hope hasn’t cut into interior space. We haven’t been shown the interior just yet but from leaked shots we know that it will be just as impressive as the exterior thanks to an uncluttered layout in combination with soft-touch materials and metal accents.
We’re still waiting on all the powertrain specs but one option will likely be a downsized turbocharged engine, probably the Tucson's 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Also making the cut should be a dual-clutch transmission and such active safety technologies as blind-spot detection and lane-change assist.
Look for the new Sportage to hit showrooms next year, as a 2017 model. While you wait for all the details, see what else will be at the Frankfurt Auto Show by visiting our dedicated hub.