Kia Motors’ all-new Sportage is set to make its global debut on September 15 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. About a week ago, the automaker had released a first look at its exterior and its stunning new design. The fourth-generation Sportage has a prominent, progressive design.
It gives off a sense of agility and power from all angles. The Sportage portrays the contrasting smooth and sharp shapes seen in an assortment of modern fighter jets. Somehow, the designers were able to bring the sharp and defined lines together with the smooth surfaces and create something visually harmonious.
Its ”face” is where the most significant change was made in its design. The new model’s headlamps are not anymore integrated with the grille. Rather, they’re now sweeping back along the exterior edges of the more sharply-featured bonnet and bolder wheel arches. The Sportage is still instantly recognizable as a Kia.
Its “tiger-nose” grille is wider and lower, adding volume to the lower half of its face. As a result, its appearance is more imposing and its stance looks more stable. The profile of the all-new Sportage is sportier and more raked. When viewing from the side, it is apparent that it has kept the outgoing model’s swept-back silhouette.
It has a roofline that slightly tapers towards the car’s rear. In addition, it has longer front overhangs, longer wheelbase, and shorter rear overhangs. The Sportage’s look is more muscular and dynamic because of its smooth bodywork, sharp lines, and bolder wheel arches.
The model’s width, from the rear, is emphasized with its horizontal forms and surface volume. This makes the compact SUV appear more stable. Its slim combination lamps were derived from the 2013 Kia Provo concept car.
Along these lamps is a strip that can be seen going past the width of the rear. The designers separated the turn signals and reversing lights.
They’ve been repositioned lower so that the lower half of the car has more visual weight and more sense of stability. Credit for the design goes mainly to Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany. Meanwhile, Kia’s design centers in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California, also contributed.