South Korean automaker Kia, is well on course to introduce the next generation of its most popular model, the Sportage. Spy shots of heavily camouflaged test mules are undergoing testing, the images of which are doing rounds on the internet already.
Considered as a sister product of Hyundai Tucson, the latest generation of which was unveiled last month, the upcoming Kia Sportage (codenamed NQ5) will reportedly share its platform with the new 4th gen Tucson and will be available for the first time in both short & long wheelbase versions, just as the new Tucson, depending on the market where it will be sold.
Although the test mules don’t reveal much of the design, it is believed that the new Sportage will get similar outlandish design cues mimicking those found on its Hyundai cousin. Furthermore some reports also indicate that the distinguished styling will be inspired by the latest Sorento which recently made its debut in North American markets.
Speculative renderings of all new Kia Sportage
The above renderings by renowned Brazilian artist Kleber Silva blends design elements of the new Tucson and Sorento, but industry pundits also suggest that the all new Sportage will debut an all-new design direction for the brand. The recent rendering which appeared on Korean portals may clear things to a much greater extent especially if you compare it with the spy shots.
Renderings of the all new Sportage based on the spy shots
The shape of the headlights is somewhat visible from the rounded opening in the camouflage with LED DRLs similar to the < and > sign on either side of the wide gaping mesh grille. Side profile is less dramatic in the details. with smoother and simpler body lines & less emphasis on the wheel arches compared to the exaggerated polygonal creases found on the new Tucson. Although the rear end hasn’t been imagined yet, it is obviously believed to be different than the Tucson. Furthermore the Sportage will now be sporting the new Kia logo that was revealed earlier.
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Spy shots of next gen Kia Sportage
The new Kia Sportage will get an all new interior as well as new powertrain options that might include hybrid option for the first time. The safety suite is also going to get a huge uplift including advanced driver assistance systems on board. The all new Kia Sportage is expected to break covers towards Q1, 2021, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK for more information.