All-New 2016 Kia Sportage to Debut in September

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Today we want to share with you a new information about the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage (codenamed as QL). According to South Korean sources, the 2016 Kia Sportage will debut in September, a few months after due to the launch of the new Tucson.

Since launched in 2010, the third generation Kia Sportage (also called Sportage R in South Korea) was a total hit for Kia. With an amazing design, the Sportage surprised everyone and increased Kia brand image around the world.

The new 2016 Kia Sportage will resemble a lot of the design showed in the chinese only Kia KX3, especially the front end. Inside, the Sportage will follow what we have already seen into the new Sorento. According to the report, Kia design team already finished Sportage’s design.

At the front on this prototype we can see a bigger Tiger-nose tri-dimensional front grille between new wrap-around headlamps and ice-cubed LED lights, like in the new Sorento or pro_cee’d GT, but at the same time, Kia used the same solution on the K5 Modern adding a spherical three LED on the headlights. At the rear end, newly designed LED taillights will be mixed with separated reverse and indicators lights like in the current model.


About engine line-up, 7-speed dual clutch transmission will be available at launch besides a choice of gasoline direct injection and diesel engines, plus small turbo engines. In the diesel side, improved 1.7 CRDi 131 hp could be the most desired into European market. About the petrol engines, the 1.6 GDi will be the base engine, while a turbo variant will offer more power for European spec model. About an all-new small turbo engine, the 1.2 T-GDi delivering 132 hp is not confirmed yet.

South Korea line-up will be reduced to 1.7 CRDi available with 7-speed DCT & 2.0 CRDi diesel engines, plus a 2.0 T-GDi engine.


The new Sportage will be based on the KX3 chinese model design cues.

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  • Jimbo

    Oh God. I am dredding this. New Tucson looks beautiful. It’s a mini Santa Fe, which I believe is one of the best looking SUVs in the market. But I’m not a fan of new Tucson’s interior and am waiting to see the more premium Sportage interior (leather dash). I really don’t want Sportage to be a fat KX3. That stupid car looks like a vacuum cleaner.

    • lutfi

      agree, say no to kx3 design

  • bd

    The new Optima being downgraded in looks is bad enough, but a KX3 inspired new Sportage would really make Kia slip a couple of notches in terms of lineup (design).

    Can already tell from the spyshots that the front is a downgrade as well as the greenhouse.

    The Novo design language can’t come any sooner (hope they don’t mess up the production version of the GT; on the positive side, the front of the new Cadenza looks sharp thru the cladding).

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  • Rob Crutcher

    I have a current model Sportage and want to upgrade to the new model when it’s released. If it looks anything like the pics above though, KIA won’t get my money. it is butt ugly! the current model is streets ahead in looks. This one looks like a vehicle from the Chinese manufacturer Cherry.

  • bgf

    pictures posted aren’t even close to the new design … kia sportage lovers, don’t fret …

  • Jim Newman

    I own a latest Sportage 2 …..I have to say that Kia will not have any success with this car. The appearance is awful and has no character. I love the 2014 Sportage look and after owning an 1×35 I couldn’t wait to get a Sportage just for its looks. Do not go ahead with this car it will cause lots of pain. Jim Newman bristol UK