The 2016 Kia Sportage has been spotted undergoing tests at the Hyundai-Kia Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany. That also means an all-new generation, and spy shots reveal that testing of the new Sportage model is already underway.
Taking a look at the photos and imagine what lies under those thick covers, we can say that Kia is quite conservative with the next generation Sportage; at least when it comes to the sides and car’s greenhouse, which appears to look almost the same with what’s on the current model.
Those tweaks include thinner window pillars, a reshaped beltline and glasshouse, and higher-set headlights with a reshaped bonnet. The grille sits lower and wider, and on the whole the front-end appears to mimic the treatment seen on the Kia KX3 concept.
2016 Kia Sportage Redesign
The vehicle stopped side by side for a moment as the drivers had a quick chat, giving the photographer enough time to snap some pictures of the front and back of the redesigned Sportage.
At first glance the shape of the 2016 Kia Sportage appears similar to the model it replaces, though there are subtle changes all over the body of the car that indicate this is indeed an entirely new model.
Further differences can be found at the back with what looks like redesigned LED rear lamps, with the indicator and reverse lights housed in a separate assembly. Profile-wise, not much has changed (at least from what we can gather) as it maintains its rather long front overhang.
2016 Kia Sportage Specs
Regarding what you’ll be getting under the hood of the 2016 Kia Sportage, As for powertrain options we expect it should get a an improved 136 hp 1.6 CRDi as well as a 190 hp R-Engine for the diesel lineup, while the gasoline side will boast with the all-new 132 hp 1.2 T-GDi, an upgraded 201 hp 1.6-er as well as a 245 hp 2-liter T-GDi. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission will also be offered at launch.
The new-generation Kia Sportage is likely to be revealed later this year, possibly at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September.
source : paultan, caradvice.com.au, autoblog.com, autoevolution.com