Our spies have managed to grab a photo with the 2016 Kia Sportage's interior cabin.

Our spies have managed to grab a photo with the 2016 Kia Sportage's interior.

The cabin seems to be quite different than what the sister model Hyundai Tucson has and we notice those large buttons for the climate control system while the upper area of the central dashboard hosts a generous touchscreen display flanked by air vents and surrounded by a thick metal frame. The rest of the interior cabin takes some cues from the larger Sorento and there's a big central armrest along body-hugging race seats but obviously these won't be installed in the production car.

On the outside, the fourth-gen Sportage seems to retain just about the same shape and size as the outgoing model, but with considerably different headlights sitting up high while the upper-spec models will come with those cool LED ice cube daytime running lights that debuted a couple of years ago on the cee'd GT.

The engines and gearboxes will be largely carried over from the Tucson, along with the front-wheel drive and optional AWD setup. A proper introduction is expected to take place in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but Kia will likely decide to show us their new compact crossover before that, possibly by the end of August.

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