The Kia Sportage has been in its third generation since 2010. It saw a radical shift from the boring, typical Korean design from the second generation to a modern and globally acceptable design. The compact crossover has performed well so far but is now due for a major update. Citing unnamed sources, a new report from The Korean Car Blog says that the fourth generation Sportage (codename: QL) will debut in September.
A September debut suggests that the all-new model will most likely be unveiled at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, as the compact crossover is of paramount importance for the company in Europe where B- and C-Size crossovers consider it as home.
As per the report, the design of the 2016 Sportage will have a lot of resemblance with the China-exclusive Kia KX3, especially the design of the front-end that will feature the signature Tiger-nose grille between new wrap-around headlamps and ice-cubed LED lights as seen on the new Sorento.
Even the interior will be similar to that of the new Sorento and engine options will include an improved 131 hp 1.7-liter diesel engine, 2.0-liter diesel engine, 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine and 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol engine. A 1.2-litre 132 T-GDI turbo petrol engine is also likely to be offered, all depending on the specific market.
[Source: The Korean Car Blog]