Kia has released a trio of teaser images previewing the all-new Sportage set to premiere on September 17 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Kia has released a trio of teaser images previewing the all-new Sportage set to premiere on September 17 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

These rather cartoonish official renders provide a first glimpse at Kia's overhauled fourth generation of the compact crossover which is set to adopt a fresh look both inside and out. The company's corporate "tiger nose" grille now sits lower and we also notice the shape of the headlights has been extensively modified with the ice cube LED daytime running lights incorporated within the cluster.

There's also some front and rear aluminum underbody protection, sleek taillights which appear to be interconnected through a red bar, along with a roof-mounted spoiler and the typical oversized alloy wheels automakers prefer to use on official teasers.

As far as the interior is concerned, it will be a major departure from the outgoing model and will mix up bits and pieces from the bigger Sorento but also from the new Optima mid-size sedan. The attached teaser shows some body-hugging seats, metallic accents, flat-bottomed steering wheel and a large touchscreen display along with red ambient lighting, an automatic transmission and a large central armrest.

Kia will likely show us the 2016 Sportage in the following weeks before bringing to IAA while sales will likely kick off before the end of the year.

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