After some leak pictures and spy photos, Kia finally released the first batch of latest Sportage pictures. The South Korea automaker just released 3 photos that shows front, side, and rear part. The fourth generation of Kia Sportage was designed by Kia’s European Design studio in Frankfurt, Germany and got input from Kia’s Design Center in Namyang, South Korea and Irvine, California.
What you see above is Sportage GT (the first SUV wearing GT trim from Kia). Up front, now the headlights are placed on the engine hood with leaf-like shape. Meanwhile, the tiger-nose grille is still there making everyone can recognize it as a Kia. To add aggressive look, Kia’s designers put skid plate and four fog lamps that maybe only can be found in GT trim. For other types, probably to get couple fog lights and no skid plate. Overall, if I see it from front side, the new Sportage is looked like a Porsche Macan.
At the rear, 2017 Kia Sportage now comes with half-circular LED taillights. Turn signal and reverse lights are still placed on the rear bumper that probably be a Sportage’s identity. Moreover, there are chrome accent between taillights, silver skid plate, and dual-pipe (perhaps only for GTtrim). However, this is a Korean-spec, probably there will be a minor differentiation for other countries.
Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t released the interior’s picture and the engine specification. But the company plans to announce it on 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.
Text: Andhika Pradityo