We’ve all seen the leaked pictures of the new Kia Sportage, but the Korean automaker spares no time in disclosing a trio of official pictures ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show come mid-September.

The fourth-generation SUV is the result of a design collaboration between Kia’s European, Korean and Californian teams. It’s nothing short of bold (maybe a tad too bold in our opinion), though looking at it from different angles will reveal a hint of the outgoing model’s silhouette.2016-Kia-Sportage-3

One of the biggest styling changes can be seen from the front. Its ‘Tiger-nose’ grille is louder than ever before, and the headlamps are now separated from the grille and sweeps rearward of the newly sculpted bonnet. Like the facelifted Kia Optima, the Sportage’s fog lamps feature a cluster of four LEDs – a welcoming design that may stick to the company’s image for years to come.

Besides the heavily revised fascia, Kia says the car has a slightly longer wheelbase and front overhang,  whereas the rear overhang has been shortened. Its wheel arches are also bolder now, with sharp lines to give the Sportage its profound new look. 2016-Kia-Sportage-2

More details of the Sportage will surface on 15 September at Frankfurt, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates of the vehicle!


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