2016 Kia Sportage front Kia Motors today provided a glimpse of the all-new Sportage, with the compact SUV’s first official exterior images. The next-generation Kia Sportage, with its attractive outlook, is set for its world premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Entering its fourth-generation, the new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.

The ‘face’ of the new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the car’s headlights no longer integrated with the grille for the new version, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognizable as a Kia, the Sportage’s lower, wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance.

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The new Sportage is characterized by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing version, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look.

At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasize the car’s width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lights are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car.

The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the marque’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centers.

Further details of the new Kia Sportage will be released following its debut at Frankfurt, from 15 September.

Edited: Kia Motors