2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: 2016 Kia Sportage image

The South Korean brand is looking to capitalize on the world’s desire to buy sport utility vehicles and has officially introduced in front of the public at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show the all new Sportage crossover.

The brand new Sportage that arrived in Frankfurt shared the spotlight with the new Optima but also came with a trump card – it also introduced the upscale specification GT Line model. The compact SUV is now in its fourth generation and has had its length upgraded by 40 mm (4480 mm) and the wheelbase by 30 mm – to 2670 mm. The pricier GT Line also comes with a more dynamic styling featuring ice cube lights, dual exhaust tips, faux metal underbody diffuser and a modified suspension for a firmer ride compared to the standard guise. It also has as a standard the optional rack-mounted electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS).

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The Euro-spec Sportage should hit dealer showrooms during the first quarter of next year and other important novelties include the increase in cargo capacity from 465 to 503 liters compared to the predecessor, the wide choice of 16 to 19 inch alloys, the reclining heated rear seats (from 23 to 37 degrees), the JBL 8-speaker 320-watt sound system or the wide array of safety and assistance systems.

Engines on the Sportage family start with a naturally aspirated petrol 1.6-liter with 132 PS & 161 Nm or a 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel outputting 115 PS. There’s also a more powerful 2.0-liter diesel churning out 136 PS & 373 Nm or 184 PS & 400 Nm. Transmission choices are limited – a six-speed manual or the new dual-clutch seven-speed automatic. The GT Line version comes exclusively mated to the 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo taken from the cee’d GT and delivering 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm (196 lb-ft) of torque.