Official images have a way of finding their way onto the web more often than ever in recent years and now we’re able to see in all its metal the fourth generation Kia Sportage.

The new compact crossover from Kia has been a very poorly kept secret – which might also be just the wish of the company – with numerous leaks and spy shots being very relevant. Now we also have the official images thanks to TheKoreanCarBlog. We can see the overall styling has not changed much and we have an evolutionary generation switch, with the design the work of the European center. The dynamism has gone up from the predecessor and we also have a bolder stance – though the front end might become controversial among fans and industry experts. We also don’t have official pictures of the interior, but the reveals so far paint a compelling picture, with inspiration drawn from both the Optima sedan and the Sorento sport utility vehicles for what Kia claims to be the “most refined” cockpit ever.

The internal components fortunately are not very mysterious, since the Sportage will make do with the same powertrain, architecture, engines and transmissions as the recently introduced Hyundai Tucson. That means we have a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine outputting 135 PS or 176 PS if turbocharged. On the diesel side of the fence we have the 1.7-liter CRDi developing 115 PS and a bigger 2.0-liter sending 136 PS and 184 PS. They will be mated to a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox that can send power to the front (standard) or to all wheels for an additional cost. We also know the model will be in front of the public during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show and the online unveiling is pre-programmed in a while – on August 25.



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