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2016 Kia Sportage revealed

The latest generation of Kia Sportage has been revealed and is on display in Frankfurt

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The 2016 Kia Sportage has been revealed, and will go on sale in the UK next February.

What is it?
The fourth-generation Sportage has been comprehensively restyled all around, although the biggest changes are at the front. The headlights now sit high up on the side of the bonnet rather than being integrated into the grille.

It gets Kia’s now familiar β€˜tiger-nose’ grille and a silver coloured kickplate on the lower edge of the front of the car. The foglights complete the front-end styling, sitting in a larger cluster than before.

At the side, the Sportage retains its traditional SUV-like styling but has a marginally more raked profile than before. The wheel arches are more pronounced than before and it also gets a sharp line running along the side doors.

The company says the look at rear of the car is inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo, with a strong line running horizontally across the boot lid between the two rear light clusters. The indicator and reversing lights are much lower down than before and sit in a separate cluster on the rear bumper.

What is it like inside?
The new model receives a significantly upgraded cabin over the old version. UK Kia boss Paul Philpott said this was partly as a result of feedback from owners of the current car.

"We recognise that for a more demanding audience issues such as interior quality, refinement and ride and handling are essential," he said. "All of those aspects have been addressed. We have done this because of what our customers have told us."

There will be one design of interior, although the size of the infotainment screen is set to differ depending on specification. It will come with a greatly reduced number of buttons on the central console. Kia has also said the cabin will feature a "rich material quality" to improve perceived quality.

The Sportage will come with technology already found elsewhere in the company’s range, such as wireless phone charging and a system that helps when reversing into traffic. Top level trims will feature come a high-end audio Harman Kardon stereo.

What engines will it come with?
The Sportage is set to come with a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

It is also set to carry over several of the units from the similarly sized Tucson from Kia’s sister company Hyundai, including the 113bhp 1.7-litre diesel and two versions of the 2.0-litre diesel, in 134bhp and 181bhp formats.

How much will it cost?
Pricing will not be revealed until closer to the car's launch in February next year, but Kia's UK boss Paul Philpott says it will rise slightly over that of the current model to reflect the increased level of equipment. The current car ranges from Β£17,500 to Β£28,200.