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Our European spies have spotted the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage outside the Hyundai Kia Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, ahead of the new model hitting the market next year.

At first glance the shape of the new Kia Sportage appears similar to the model it replaces, though there are subtle changes all over the body of the car that indicate this is indeed an entirely new model.

Those tweaks include thinner window pillars, a reshaped beltline and glasshouse, and higher-set headlights with a reshaped bonnet. The grille sits lower and wider, and on the whole the front-end appears to mimic the treatment seen on the Kia KX3 concept.

Kia Sportage 5

The rear-end will clearly get big changes, too, including slimline LED tail-lights with a bold signature that appears reminiscent of some BMW models.

No interior shots have been made available as yet, but it is expected the new Sportage will bring with it a heavily revised cabin design, possibly including touchscreen media systems across all models. Sources have suggested the new interior will take a big step forward in terms of styling and finishes, too.

Details on the drivetrains aren’t yet clear, but reports suggest a range of new turbocharged petrol engines including a 1.2-litre T-GDi with about 100kW and 200Nm, a 1.6-litre T-GDi with about 150kW and 270Nm and a 2.0-litre turbo with approximately 180kW and 350Nm. Diesel powertrains are set to include a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder CRDi unit and a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder similar to the one currently used.

Kia Sportage 3

Both six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes are expected.

The new-generation Kia Sportage is likely to be revealed later this year, possibly at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September.

Click the Photos tab for more images of the 2016 Kia Sportage.




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