Kia has unveiled the new Sportage SUV ahead of its official launch in the autumn.
The all-new model features a bolder look, taking inspiration from the new Kia EV6.
It’s also the first Sportage that will be offered in a dedicated version for Europe.
“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design.
“With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class,” said Karim Habib, senior vice president and head of Global Design Center.
Details about the engine line-up are yet to be revealed, but its likely the Sportage will share the range of powertrains offered in the closely-related Hyundai Tucson.
Kia says the interior of the all-new Sportage creates “a driver-orientated space that is truly state-of-the-art”.
The infotainment screen and digital instrument display are connected in one wrap-around panel, while a raised centre console houses a rotary gear selector and switches for key functions.
For convenience, at the rear of the driver and front passenger seats are integrated hanger-type designs within the slim headrests, allowing clothing and handbags to be easily and conveniently hooked into place.
For the first time a more rugged model, known as X-Line, will be offered with a unique bumper, side sill and curved roof rack. On the inside, it can be specified with sage green or black seating, as well as black metal wood.
The Sportage will launch later in 2021, with more details available in September.