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.
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.
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.
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.