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First pictures: Kia Sportage 2016

Date: 02 September 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Kia has revealed its fourth-generation Sportage 4x4 ahead of it going on sale in the first quarter of 2016.

Three engines power the new Sportage: a 115hp 1.7-litre diesel engine and a 132hp 1.6-litre petrol unit that is carried over from the outgoing Sportage and a 2.0-litre diesel, which is available with two power outputs - 136hp and 184hp.

Efficiency figures have not yet been revealed, but Kia claims the 2.0-litre litre diesel's NOx emissions have been reduced to meet the latest emissions standards.

Exterior design changes includes the firm's grille and headlights being separated, as the headlights are positioned higher than before. The bold grille itself has been enlarged to account for greater engine cooling.

Inside, Kia claims the new Sportage is the most practical Sportage yet thanks to increased dimensions. The new model's wheelbase is 30mm longer than before.

Headroom is increased by 5mm to 997mm and 993mm (+16mm) for front and rear passengers respectively.

Safety systems with the Sportage includes the firm's Kia Vehicle Stability Management system, which helps to ensure cohesion under braking and cornering through management of the vehicle's ESP and power steering systems.

Other standard safety equipment includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, a lane departure warning system, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection system and rear cross traffic alert.

Meanwhile, Kia's infotainment system and sat-nav is housed within either a seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreen, depending on trim level.

The navigation unit now supports connected services, which are powered by TomTom. Features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts.

Kia claims the Sportage is the first vehicle in its segment which is fitted with a wireless charger for mobile devices.

UK specification and pricing details will be confirmed nearer to the car's on-sale date.