Have you been wondering what the fourth-generation Kia Sportage will look like? Well, wonder no more, because a recent spy video has helped render the new mid-size SUV into existence just days ahead of its eagerly anticipated debut.
While not official yet, Gotcha Cars’ rendering of the next Sportage’s exterior, seen here from the front three-quarter angle, is expected to be very close to the real deal, which will reportedly go public later this month.
Needless to say, the upcoming Sportage will be a dramatic departure from its predecessor thanks to the adoption of Kia’s latest design language, which was revealed last month with the all-electric EV6 mid-size SUV.
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As reported, the next Sportage is scheduled to enter Australian showrooms late this year, and while it will be related to the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson mid-size SUV, it won’t completely follow in its tyre tracks.
Yep, while ‘self-charging’ and plug-in hybrid versions of the Tucson are available in some markets, the upcoming Sportage won’t have such variants, which would put in the same conversation as the best-selling Toyota RAV4 mid-size SUV.
Instead, the only hybrid version of the next Sportage will be of the mild variety, and it will be built in Slovakia for Europe, a market with strict emissions regulations, unlike Australia.
Local examples of the new Mazda CX-5 rival will be exclusively sourced from South Korea, but it’s not yet known if the new model will use carryover naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engines Down Under, so stay tuned.
For reference, the current third-generation Sportage is priced from $29,490 (manual S petrol) to $48,990 plus on-road costs (automatic GT-Line diesel).