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The all-new 2016 Kia Sportage has been revealed at last, after months of revealing spy photos and enticing teaser images.

As expected, Kia’s new mid-sized SUV has brought a more dynamic design to the party, moving the Sportage’s styling more in-line with the big new Sorento and Carnival models.

Although there’s few obvious changes through the centre, the 2016 Sportage – shown here in top-spec ‘GT-Line’ form – gets a bold new front-end design and a sporty high-set look at the rear.

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Stylin for the full range is yet to be revealed, but the GT-Line model revealed today wears a look clearly inspired by the tough Pro_Cee’d GT hatch, with a large mesh grille flanked by tall LED-loaded fog-light assemblies and swept-back LED headlights.

Large alloy wheels stand out at each corner, while the rear gets a compact window design to match the new Sportage’s rising belt-line, with slender LED lamps set below.

A pair of elliptical exhaust tips round out the exterior tricks.

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The new SUV’s interior has also not been given an official reveal, but earlier spy photos show that we can expect a design inspired by the latest model’s in Kia’s overhauled line-up, with – again in GT-Line form – a sports steering wheel and a large centre display.

The 2016 Sportage’s mechanical package likewise remains a secret for now, although reports suggest we can expect a 121W/203Nm 2.0 petrol engine with six-speed manual and auto transmissions, a 130kW/265Nm 1.6 T-GDi turbo-petrol with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto, and a 136kW/400Nm 2.0 R-Series diesel. Front- and all-wheel drive configurations are also expected.

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The new Sportage will make its Australian debut in the first quarter of 2016. An exact date, and a clearer view of powertrain expectations, will be detailed closer to launch.

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