2016 Kia Sportage Spied for the First Time

2016 Kia Sportage spied 9 photos
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In its third generation now, the Kia Sportage got a new facelift last year, which means it will soon end it’s life span and we’ll get a whole new generation. Well, that’s on the way already and in fact it has been caught testing for the first time.
Our spy photographers were snooping around Hyundai-Kia’s Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany, and suddenly two camouflaged new-generation Kia Sportage came by, stopping right in front of our man.

The test drivers pulled one next to each other for a quick chat, just enough for the photographer to snap some shots with both the front and the rear of the soon-to-come mid-size SUV.

Taking a look at the photos and imagine what lies under those thick covers, we can say that Kia is quite conservative with the next generation Sportage; at least when it comes to the sides and car’s greenhouse, which appears to look almost the same with what’s on the current model.

Not much to see

At the front however, you can see there are new wraparound headlights, a bigger Tiger-nose tridimensional front grille and some more prominent foglights. Oh, and judging on the grille’s lower position, you can see how the model borrows design cues from the Kia KX3 concept we saw earlier.

The rear seems to be inspired by the same car and apart from a new set of LED taillamps, there is nothing to look at for the moment. The interior is not visible in the photos and it could also be unfinished, but the new Sportage should wear a new one, with a resculpted dashboard, new materials and extra equipment.

Regarding what you’ll be getting under the hood of the new generation Kia Sportage, we expect it should get a an improved 136 hp 1.6 CRDi as well as a 190 hp R-Engine for the diesel lineup, while the gasoline side will boast with the all-new 132 hp 1.2 T-GDi, an upgraded 201 hp 1.6-er as well as a 245 hp 2-liter T-GDi. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission will also be offered at launch.
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