[update] We managed to find two live shots, one of which is showing the front end.
[update 2] More pics added, including interior.
The fourth generation Kia Sportage has been caught on camera without any sort of disguise.
This is by far our best look at Kia's all-new compact crossover as a pre-production prototype was recently filmed performing final testing rounds and as you can see it was camo-free. The video comes only a day after Kia released a trio of teaser images of its new Sportage which will be based on the new generation Hyundai Tucson.
We only get to see the rear end and side profile which both look significantly sportier compared to the outgoing model while from yesterday's teaser we learned the front end will also be a major departure compared to the outgoing model and is set to employ a lower tiger nose grille, aluminum underbody protection and reshaped headlights incorporating LED ice cube daytime running lights which will likely be available only on the upper-spec versions.
As for the interior, Kia promises the 2016 Sportage will have the "most refined high-quality cabin yet" and will blend parts from the bigger Sorento with those from the new Optima mid-size sedan.
Since it will share its platform with the Tucson, expect the new Sportage to come with several engines, including a 135 PS 1.6-liter normally aspirated unit also available in a turbo version with 176 PS (129 kW). On the diesel side there will be a 1.7-liter CRDi with 115 PS (85 kW) along with a bigger 2.0-liter available with 136 PS & 184 PS. FWD will be standard but at an addition cost clients will be able to specify the compact crossover with an optional AWD setup. Gearbox choices will be limited to a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Taking into account a public debut is set for September 15 at IAA, don't be too surprised if Kia will show us the new Sportage before the end of this month especially since they don't even bother camouflaging their prototypes anymore.
Special thanks go to WCF reader EM and Youngmun-Park for sending us the tips!