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by Karl Peskett

The internet is either the greatest tool ever devised, or the biggest pain in the backside for car manufacturers – depending on your perspective. Case in point, the brand new Kia Sportage has been found without camouflage on the official trade mark and design register for the European Union, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

Compared with our spy shots, the resemblance is clear, and with Kia’s new design language, we have to say that it’s definitely a looker. Hyundai’s twin, the ix35 will get the jump first in Australia (CarAdvice will be at the launch next month), but you can expect similar diesel and petrol drivetrains.

Although it does look quite big in the pictures, this will be a compact SUV, growing in size ever slightly from the current Sportage, however quality will be leaps and bounds ahead.

Kia Australia spokesperson Alyson MacDonald tells us we can expect the new Sportage in the third quarter of this year.




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