Our friends at TheKoreanCarBlog have learned from Kia the fourth-gen Sportage will receive its world premiere on September 17 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Our friends at TheKoreanCarBlog have learned from Kia the fourth-gen Sportage will receive its world premiere on September 17 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hyundai Tucson's sister model will be a major departure in terms of design compared to the outgoing third-gen and will look substantially sleeker while maintaining just about the same shape of the body. Upper-spec models are getting quad "ice cube" LED daytime running lights and there will also be front and rear aluminum underbody protection.

Kia's corporate "tiger nose" grille will be moved a little bit lower and the lighting clusters have also gone through some serious changes to make the new Sportage look more upscale. Also expect to find dual exhaust tips with a chrome finish and a prominent roof-mounted spoiler incorporating the third brake light.

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, it will blend bits and pieces from the new Optima and Sorento, so expect an improved fit & finish with more soft-touch plastics, bigger infotainment screen and large buttons for the climate control system.

The engine lineup will largely be carried over from the Tucson, so it should kick off with a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline unit rated at 135 PS (99 kW) followed by a turbo version pushing out 176 PS (129 kW). On the diesel side, the 1.7-liter CRDi will generate 115 PS (85 kW) and there's also going to be a 2.0-liter unit offered with 136 PS & 184 PS. Depending on engine selection, Kia will offer a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch.

An online reveal could occur in the following weeks while sales are expected to kick off in Europe sometime this fall.

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