2017 Kia Sportage gets a hint of Cayenne for Frankfurt Motor Show debut


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Kia is giving the automotive world a glimpse of the new Sportage before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The redesigned Sportage is due to go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model, and features new styling inside and out.

The redesigned compact crossover adopts the brand’s common design design themes, for the most part. There is the “Tiger Nose” grille, of course, but the headlights almost lay flat on the hood at the very top of the very vertical front fascia for a look that vaguely resembles that of the Porsche Cayenne. Kia has also integrated driving lights into the front portions of the front fenders, positioned to the left and right of the relatively high-set grille.

Out back, the crossover’s taillights borrow the look of units on other recent Kias and they are once again positioned very high, just below the small and rakish rear window topped by what is an extension of the roof. The 2017 Sportage borrows some of the elements we saw in 2013 on the Kia Provo concept car, which previewed the look of the stacked horizonal lines that the production Sportage uses, though the Sportage at the same time attempts to appear very tall, with high-set windows, lights and overall shoulderline.

In the photos above the Sportage is shown in GT trim, and wears 19-inch alloy wheels.

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The 2017 Sportage borrows styling details from the Kia Provo concept car. Photo by Kia

Kia is keeping other details of the Sportage close before the model’s debut in the metal in Frankfurt on September 15, though we expect the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from the Hyundai Tucson to make an appearance underhood. Other mechanicals from the Tucson are likely to be used as well, including the new dual-clutch automatic transmission. A turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine is also expected to be available at the top of the range, while other markets — specifically Europe — will likely receive a 1.2-liter T-GDI engine as well. 

Pricing details for the 2017 model are expected to be announced closer its on-sale date in the U.S. in 2016, rather than at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But at least the technical details will be announced next month, so we should get a good sense about what will be on the menu here next year.

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