2016 Kia Sportage to Preview a New Look, Inspired by China-Only KX3

by Feb 8, 2015All News, Kia, Spy Shots14 comments

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Following our latest pictures the past week where you can see the first look into the interior, today we want to share with you a new information about the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage (codenamed as QL)



[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]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.

Latest reports confirm what some enthusiast told us, the next-gen 2016 Kia Sportage will followed the design cues of the chinese only KX3 model.

The new 2016 Kia Sportage resembles a lot of the design shown by the Kia KX3, especially the front end. Inside, the Sportage will follow what we have already seen into the new Sorento.

At the front on this prototypes we can see a bigger Tiger-nose tri-dimensional front grille between new wrap-around headlamps and more prominent fog lights while in the side preserves current Sportage line-up. 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 1.6 CRDi 136 hp launched on the i30 facelift could be the most desired into European market. 190 hp diesel R-Engine will be Petrol line-up could be available with all-new small turbo engines like the 1.2 T-GDi delivering 132 hp and a 1.6-liter from a final output of 170 to 201 hp. A 2.0 T-GDi 245 hp will be the most powerful variant.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

14 Comments

  1. J.R.

    Dear TheKoreanCarBlog. This car is not inspired by the China-only KX3. A car is not inspired by another production model. Cars find origin in concept models. Thus this new Sportage can be said to be influenced by the design cues found in the Niro concept.

    Hope you guys learn to be more professional in your writings next time. Please… if you do not know much about the automotive design industry, please stop & terminate this amateur blog which carries so much unprofessional nonsense ignorance.

    Reply
    • Erick

      Hello JR, if you keep reading on the article we explain more what we meant by inspired. Thank you.

      Reply
  2. Jtzist .

    When you say “inspired by China-Only KX3” please tell me you mean plaform sharing and not design. I perfer it would take cues off the Kia Cross GT like the new Sorento did.

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    • Erick

      Yes, it’s more like sharing common design but it’s not entirely the same as KX3

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      • Tiger Urrete

        New Sportage might use a horned wing type tiger nose grille ala KX3.

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  3. Kialover

    I cant wait the moment on this blog when all KIAs here were shown covered over the last time, finally will be shown uncovered, ending all the excitement and the rumors

    KIA will roll over the european car industry like a tsunami . It wont take much time

    KIA forever.

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    • Tiger Urrete

      It will probably be a two horned attack by Hyundai and KIA.

      Reply
  4. Jeff

    Is that the new model? Could have fooled me.

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    • Erick

      Not a bad looking, even with all the camo

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      • Jeff

        It looks more than a facelift than a new model. Who wants a new car when it doesn’t look new anymore?Hyundai has learnt the hard way with slow sales of the Sonata in the USA.

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        • Erick

          Well its been happening with both car manufacturers, their new generations are becoming like facelift, which is a dissapointment for you, us and a lot of people.

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          • Jeff

            My thoughts exactly.

        • Tiger Urrete

          The new Sonata looks good, but the design is just a slight improvement of the YF.
          It’s more like a repositioning of the creases and deepening of the sculpts rather than creating a totally new design language.

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          • Jeff

            Yes the Sonata looks like a a major facelift rather than an all new design.

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