A 2016 Kia Sportage
prototype has made the trek from the Hyundai
Technical Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, where we last saw it, to the snows of Northern Sweden. A month ago, we expected inspiration from the KX3 concept
, now we can see it plain in the face: the swept-back headlights now sit entirely above a larger grille inlaid with the metallic ornament
seen on the Kia Sorento
, and the fog light housings take a vertical stance. In back will come new LED taillights with distinct elements for turn signals and reversing lights. We understand this will be the design track that Kia
SUVs and crossovers
take, which will be differentiated from sedan designs starting with the Optima
later this year.
We get a shot of the interior this time, too. Based on the steering wheel and what we can tell of the instrument panel behind the engineer's laptop, it looks like the forward section of cabin will get some sculpting but be largely similar to the current model.
A smorgasbord of gasoline direct injection, diesel
, and small turbo engines should be on the menu at launch, as well as the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. At the low end will be the tweaked, 136-horsepower, 1.6 CRDi launched with the latest i30, at the puissant end should be the 245-hp, T-GDi.