A couple of prototypes of the fourth generation Kia Sportage have been spied testing in Northern Europe.

A couple of prototypes of the fourth generation Kia Sportage have been spied testing in Northern Europe.

The spotted camouflaged prototypes were being benchmarked against a Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan which makes sense as the overhauled Sportage will compete directly with the two. Despite wearing a considerable amount of disguise, it's easy to notice the redesigned LED headlights are smaller than on the current model and also sit considerably higher in relation to the tiger nose grille.

Also noticeable are the rounded fog lights, longer rear doors and a sloping roofline while the rear end hosts LED taillights featuring a wraparound configuration. Previous spy shots have shown vertical air vents, a new three-spoke steering wheel and an updated infotainment system.

In terms of engines, expect the fourth-gen Kia Sportage to get a four-cylinder 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with around 132 bhp (98 kW) along with a beefier 1.6-liter offered with 204 bhp & 245 bhp. A couple of diesel engines are also planned and there could also be a hybrid variant but nothing is official at this point.

Chances are the new Kia Sportage will be unveiled towards the end of the year.

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