Official images with the fourth generation Kia Sportage have hit the web. Debuts at IAA next month.

Official images with the fourth generation Kia Sportage have hit the web.

Earlier this week we posted several fully revealing spy shots of the all-new compact crossover from Kia, and now we managed to obtain access to official images courtesy of TheKoreanCarBlog. While the shape of the car has remained pretty much the same, the design - elaborated in Europe - is actually quite different compared to the outgoing model and makes the car look bolder and more dynamic. We don't have official images of the interior so far, but in the aforementioned spy shots we saw a blend between the Sorento and Optima to create what Kia is describing their "most refined" cabin ever.

The underpinnings are already known since the new Sportage will use the same platform, engines and gearboxes as the latest Hyundai Tucson. As a consequence, there will be a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 135 PS in naturally aspirated guise and 176 PS when turbocharged. Diesel units will include a 1.7-liter CRDi with 115 PS and a larger 2.0-liter rated at 136 PS and 184 PS. These will work with six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual clutch gearboxes sending power to the front wheels as standard or to an AWD setup available at an additional cost.

We will get to see the new Kia Sportage in the metal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September, but an online reveal is programmed for August 25.

Be part of something big