Kia’s in the process of revamping their entire crossover lineup, first piloted by the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento and thus, the Sportage is sensibly next for a replacement.
That said, a new snippet from TheKoreanCarBlog reports that the fourth-generation Kia Sportage should be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, following in the wake of its corporate cousin, the new Hyundai Tucson.
As with the current line of Kia crossovers, the new Sportage should be heavily inspired by its larger, Sorento sibling. Meaning, it’ll just be a Kia Sorento mini-me, and that’s perfectly fine since Kia’s crossovers, or models in general, have been scoring high as competitive options in their market.
The new Sportage should incorporate the Sorento’s new “tiger nose grille,” a feature coined by Kia’s current design chief, Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi. We’re also expecting a similar move upmarket on the inside of the new Sportage, as with the Sorento in terms of build quality. This means more luxurious features, materials, and improved fit and finish–something the last Sportage was a bit criticized for.
Power should be supplied by the same range of gas engines as the Hyundai Tucson on our shores, which includes a naturally-aspirated 2.0L four and the Tucson’s new 1.6L turbocharged-four pot, including the new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
– By: Chris Chin