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The facelifted Kia Sportage has been spied this week, giving us an early look at what’s to come for the Korean SUV’s mid-life refresh.

While thick black sheets conceal most of the front and rear, we can see some new details on the Sportage that distinguish it from the version currently on sale.

Peeping through the front disguise are revised headlights with quad-LED daytime-running lights, which not only echo new models like the Cerato and upcoming Ceed, but also the Porsche portfolio – budget Macan, anyone? The fog-lights and their surrounds also appear to have been given a revision, which points to a new bumper design as well.

It’s harder to discern the changes at the rear, but there appears to be a new LED signature for the tail-lights, and a revised rear bumper – this example seems to be wearing the more aggressive GT-Line diffuser-like unit with dual tailpipes cut-outs.

There aren’t any snaps of the cabin, but we’re expecting revisions to trims and a new infotainment system, along with the latest active safety systems from the Korean brand.

Meanwhile, there’s no word on updates to the current powertrains – which include a 2.0-litre petrol, 2.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel in Australia – though recent reports claimed the facelifted Sportage would be the recipient of a new 48V mild-hybrid system.

The mid-size SUV continues to be one of Kia’s top sellers in Australia, shifting 1176 units for the month of January – up 12.9 per cent on the same period in 2017. We’d expect this new model to continue that when it arrives here, likely towards the end of this year or early next.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Kia Sportage updates in the coming months. Click the photos tab for more images.

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