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Kia reveals first official exterior images of new Sportage prior to Frankfurt

The fourth-generation model brings all-new styling, with the biggest changes seen at the front where the headlights are moved away from the grille and further up the side of the bonnet. As a result, the familiar ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been widened and lowered, giving a bolder front-end.

The side profile gains a portier, more raked design, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase.

The rear is inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car and gains a strip that runs the width of the rear whilst the indicator and reversing lights moved further down.

Earlier this month the carmaker said the interior “marries simple, modern style with rich material quality for Kia’s most refined, highest-quality cabin to date”.

The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.