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The third-generation Kia Sportage will be formally introduced to the world at the Geneva Motor Show.  The small SUV will go on sale shortly after the March 2 premiere.

Information about the vehicle's debut was officially released shortly after images from the European Union Patent Office were discovered.

Pictures of the SUV show the new model with a completely new front end, redesigned roofline, sculpted side panels, and LED lighting at various points.  The vehicle will be built on the same platform as the Hyundai Tucson (ix35), and will be "longer, lower and wider" than the second-generation vehicle, according to a press release.

"Sportage was the car that really made the breakthrough for Kia in Europe and the all-new version will make people sit up and take notice just as the original did," said Kia executive Michael Cole.  "I am convinced it will begin a remarkable new chapter in the Kia story."

The new Sportage has fallen under the design guidance of former Audi designer, Peter Schreyer.  Under his authority, Kia's newest models have transformed the Kia brand into a credible global player.

Petrol and diesel engines will be announced at the debut.


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