Kia’s Sportage soft-roader has been given an extensive redesign inside and out and Kia is promising much improved dynamics over its predecessor.
The all-new Sportage, due to reach UK showrooms this September, shares its platform with the forthcoming Hyundai ix35 and has been styled by Kia’s ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. The two cars will be built alongside one another at Kia’s Slovakian plant.
The styling is much bolder than the outgoing Sportage’s. It has a more muscular stance thanks to its high beltline, narrow glasshouse, large alloys and sloping C-pillars. It is the latest car to feature Kia’s ‘Schreyer front grille’ and the front-end styling is similar to its larger Sorento sibling.
Kia will offer the car in both front- and four-wheel drive, although front-drive cars are expected to make up the bulk of sales. Interior improvements seen in recent Kia Cee’d, Venga and Sorento models are all likely to be incorporated into the Sportage. A longer wheelbase than the old model will increase both interior and boot space.