New mild-hybrid and diesel drivetrains for important global model

The updated Kia Sportage has been unveiled with a lightly updated exterior design, and a bevy of new drivetrains.

As we saw in a recent set of spy photos, the revised Sportage has new front and rear bumpers. Up front, the Sportage has a more aggressive design, new headlamp internals, a splash of chrome, and a sportier-looking "tiger nose" grille.

Out the back, the tail-light graphics have been revamped, a full-width strip of chrome added to the rear bumper, and larger red reflector units positioned underneath the indicator and reversing lights.

There are also new designs for the 16-, 17-, and 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as five new paint colours, and metallic skid plates. Inside the cabin, the Sportage has been fitted with a new steering wheel and an updated instrument cluster, and there are new trim and colour choices.

Under the subtly revised exterior, the Sportage has been fitted with a bunch of new drivetrains, in Europe at least.

The headline-grabbing addition is the new EcoDynamic+ mild-hybrid diesel drivetrain, which pairs the company's 2.0-litre 'R' turbo-diesel engine with a 48V battery and a starter-generator unit. Kia Australia has ruled out bringing this drivetrain down under.

For the European market, the Sportage's existing 1.7-litre turbo-diesel mill has been replaced by the new 1.6-litre 'U3' unit, which is compliant with the Euro 6d TEMP standard.

Available in 85kW and 100kW trims, the latter engine trim is available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Australia

The updated Sportage is scheduled to arrive in Australia from July.