Insidelane regulars will have no doubt seen our overall impressions of the new Kia Sorento when we recently took this latest generation mid-size SUV for a spin. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look yet, then you can find out all you need to know in our comprehensive video review right here. Those who have will remember that we were rather enamoured with the 2015 Sorento, with its generous interior space, highly intuitive infotainment system and refined ride.
The Sorento is the largest model in the Kia stable and, comparatively, one of the more sizable SUVs on offer today. For those who appreciate the overall design and generous 7-year warranty but don’t necessarily require quite such a substantial helping of cabin space, look no further than the Sorento’s baby brother the Kia Sportage. The current third generation model is due for a revamp and now we’ve been given our first glimpse at its eventual successor, the 2016 Kia Sportage.
Unmasked in these official sketches, the all-new Sportage compact SUV appears still to be in the preliminary design stages judging by its galactically proportioned concept-style wheels. However, if this sketched interpretation is anything to go by, the Kia Sportage is about to undergo some pretty extensive changes on the design front. The entire profile is squatter and flatter from front to back whilst the front section receives a comprehensive makeover, even when compared to the existing model’s 2014 facelift. Kia’s trademark family face, the tiger nose grille, has been substantially rehashed and now mirrors that of the attractive Optima Saloon and new Carens MPV. And we could’ve sworn those slightly bulbous front headlamps have something of the Porsche Panamera about them…
If what we see before us here anywhere near the finished article – and it should be considering its Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling is now just weeks away – it’s certainly a bold design step from Kia. And it has to be. With sales in the compact SUV/crossover market still in overdrive across the globe, it’s not an exaggeration in suggesting that the 2016 Kia Sportage could be the Korean marque’s most important release of the decade so far. Do it well and the cheques could end up writing themselves.
It’s all eyes on Frankfurt for the premiere of the 2016 Kia Sportage.