Kia is expected to reveal the fourth generation of the Sportage at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. These renderings from Squir provide the closest look at the production model. The Sportage which is in its third generation since 2010 is due for a major upgrade.
The Sportage, a rival to the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 (and in Europe, the Ford Kuga) in the mid-size SUV segment, gets a new front-end similar to the China-exclusive Kia KX3. The prominent signature Tiger-nose grille between new wrap-around headlamps and side air-scoops with ice-cubed LED lights are expected for the Korean version, while the European version may get bigger air-scoops and a fog lamp.
The side profile and greenhouse appears to be similar to the current generation. Changes have been made at the rear too, with the license plate being moved on to the tailgate from the bumper, while the taillamps feature a triple striped design. The alloy wheels takes inspiration from the Rio facelift.
Even the interior, spied earlier, will be similar to that of the new Sorento. The steering wheel looks to be identical to that of the Optima. The steering mounted controls remain the same, like the telephony, volume options, and the cruise control. The dashboard design in the 2016 Sportage is also very similar to the latest Kia’s; the air vents looks similar to the Sorento, and the 7″ inch screen is built into into the dashboard like in the Sedona.
A choice of gasoline direct injection and diesel engines are expected to be on offer, and also a small turbo engine might be considered.
The petrol engines might include the 1.6 GDi which will be the base engine, while a turbo variant will offer 185 hp for the European spec model. An all-new small turbo engine, the 1.2 T-GDi delivering 132 hp could make its way into the line-up. The South Korean version could get the 1.7 CRDi available with 7-speed DCT & 2.0 CRDi diesel engines, plus a 2.0 T-GDi engine.