Kia Motors has released the official exterior images of the 2016 Kia Sportage SUV. The all-new Sportage will have its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) on 15 September.
The fourth generation of the crossover features a bold, aggressive design language incorporating a sense of agility and power. The company states that the exteriors also employ the use of sharp lines and smooth surfaces that have been inspired by ‘modern fighter jets’.
The most noticeable change will be to the ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage, with the headlamps featuring a swept-back design along the outer edges of the bonnet, unlike the earlier version’s units that were integrated with the grille. The wheel arches also feature a more pronounced appearance. The signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille is now wider and has been placed lower to add additional volume to the lower half of the SUV for an imposing stance.
The side profile features a sharp character line with bold wheel arches and muscular bodywork. The roof-line slopes towards the rear with short overhangs for a dynamic appearance. The all-new model will also feature an increase in wheelbase for additional interior space.
The rear of the all-new Sportage has been inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo Concept, as seen with the slender taillamps separated by a chrome strip. The design of the tailgate has also been revised and now will house the registration plate. The reversing lamps and turn-indicators have been moved lower down into the revised bumper to add visual distinction to the lower half. It also gets a silver scuff-plate and oval-shaped, chrome-tipped dual exhaust pipes.
The all-new Sportage has been designed by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with inputs from the other design centres in Irvine, California and Namyang, Korea. Additional details will be announced closer to the debut.