A heavily camouflaged prototype of the new Kia Sportage was grabbed on camera undergoing final testing in Germany on the autobahn.

A heavily camouflaged prototype of the new Kia Sportage was grabbed on camera undergoing final testing in Germany on the autobahn.

Several days ago, a few renders showing the 2016 Sportage emerged on Squir, but were immediately removed after Kia kindly asked to take them down. This can only mean those were in fact showing the new Sportage or at least were very close to the real deal which is hiding behind this camouflage. It's a near-production prototype spotted on the German autobahn where Kia is performing some last-minute tuning ahead of the model's market launch before the end of the year.

Although you can't really tell from these spy shots, the new Sportage is vastly different in terms of appearance compared to the outgoing model and looks smart with those quad ice cube LED daytime running lights noticeable on this car and set to be offered only on the upper-spec versions. It's also getting aluminum front and rear underbody protection and a lower tiger nose grille together with revised sweptback headlights while the back will host LED taillights, roof-mounted spoiler and dual chromed exhaust tips.

The fourth-gen Kia Sportage is expected to show up in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but an online reveal should occur by the end of August. It's the Hyundai Tucson's sister model so it will carry over the engines & gearboxes, along with the standard FWD layout and the optional all-wheel drive setup.

Special thanks go to Benjamin for sending us the spy shots!

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