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by George Skentzos

It seems as though the Korean car industry is in SUV overload, this time with the new generation Kia Sportage spied undergoing testing in a dusty part of the US.

This heavily disguised prototype is expected to replace the current Sportage sometime in 2010, refreshing the Hyundai-Kia line-up alongside the new Hyundai iX35 and Santa Fe facelift.

The car is expected to gain an efficient new six-speed automatic transmission to compliment the 135kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel R-engine.

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A more powerful V6 petrol model is also being considered for some markets such as the US and possibly Australia.

For a more accurate glimpse of future powertrain options we need only look at the upcoming Hyundai Tucson replacement which should use identical running gear.




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