Retreaded European Bestseller

Frankfurt, August 27, 2015

The best-selling in Europe Kia model is the Sportage. Now send the South Korean automaker bestseller with a new design in the fourth generation model. The design was created under the leadership of the European Kia Design Centre in Frankfurt. Inspire was allowed according to the manufacturer by " the contrast of smooth surfaces and sharp edges in modern fighter jets ." Whether this is sufficient for the ever-increasing competition battle in the compact SUV class? The first photos to convey now a first impression of the new Sportage. At the IAA in Frankfurt ( September 17 to 27 2015) then the official premiere will be held in public.

The front

The most noticeable change is the Sportage at the front. While the previous model of the grille and the headlights form an integrated unit, the headlights are now higher and positioned farther back. The Kia - typical radiator grille with " tiger nose " sits slightly deeper and wider than its predecessor.

The sidelines

In the side view of the fourth generation retains the silhouette of the previous model. Changes there anyway: The A-pillars are more inclined to the roofline at the rear falls somewhat easier from the front overhang was longer, the shorter in the back. In addition, Kia extended the wheelbase of the Sportage, which should make for a more spacious interior.

The rear

At the rear, the compact SUV has a stretching the width. In the narrow taillights ?? which pull in the side view far ?? was presented in 2013, the sports car concept Kia Provo model. The rear lamps are connected together by a trim strip. The indicators and the reversing light are by the way integrated as a separate unit at the bottom of the rear bumper.

Still many unknowns

How Kia will make the interior of the new Sportage, is not yet known. A first concept drawing shows a three-spoke steering wheel and a reference to the also recently retreads Sorento. Under the hood will not do much is likely to: We expect a decent increase in performance and reduced fuel consumption from. News drives the compact SUV with two petrol before ( 135 and 166 hp ) and three diesel units ( 115, 136 and 184 hp ). Even with prices we can expect after the IAA premiere. The base price of the third generation Sportage is 20 590 euros . (ml)