Kia has revealed the all-new fourth-generation Sportage compact SUV that will be the centrepiece of its stand at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Sportage boasts a bolder front end than the current car, with high-mounted headlights now split from the latest Kia grille and extra-large foglamp housings.
On the GT Line-spec launch car, these feature the smart ‘ice cube’ LED lights currently seen on the Kia cee’d GT: looks like they’re going to become a design feature for the brand.
Kia describes the front end as having “a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance”.
Overall dimensions are similar, but the details have been altered: the front overhang is longer, as is the wheelbase, but the rear overhang is shorter.
Other Sportage styling cues from the breakthrough third-generation car remain in tact: the new model has the same strong shape to the rear C-pillar and windowline, and boasts similarly bold black-framed wheelarches.
The rear end is cleaner, with a tidier tailgate design, smart slim lamps and a posh chrome bar connecting them together. Kia says it’s been inspired by the controversially-named 2013 Kia Provo concept car.
It’s fitting that the new Sportage will be launched in Frankfurt: Kia’s design studio there has led the design, with input from its designers in Korea and California.
Expect more details in the build-up to the Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of the new Sportage’s public debut there on 15 September.