South Korean auto maker, Kia, has taken the wraps off its all-new fourth-generation Sportage at the Frankfurt motor show today. The latest car builds comprehensively on the success of the exiting model, with an eye-catching, fresh, exterior design, a host of advanced new tech and greater quality.
The 2016 Sportage’s most obvious change is that the headlights are no longer incorporated into the grille, and now sit higher up the car on the side of the bonnet. The brand-new model also gets a bigger, lower, grille, and the fog lights, which finish-off the front-end styling, are in a bigger cluster than before.
In profile, the Kia Sportage maintains its established SUV-like shape. However, the wheel arches are beefier, and it also gets a distinct line running along the side of the doors. At the rear there’s a solid line running parallel across the boot lid between the two tail-lights. Furthermore, the indicator and reversing lamps sit a lot lower down than before and are housed as an independent cluster on the rear bumper.
A new-look interior is made up of higher quality materials and a modern new design, as well as improved practicality and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. A range of new and updated engines and transmissions will result in enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are all improved.
For the first time, a new ‘GT Line’ specification will now be available. Designed and engineered for a sportier driving experience, the GT Line specification delivers all the resourcefulness of the standard Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic attraction.
The all-new Kia Sportage remains the brand’s best-selling model in Europe, accounting for more than a quarter of Kia’s European sales. The 2016 model will go on sale across Europe early next year.