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Following a short teaser last week, Kia has now unveiled the all-new Sportage SUV in full. As seen in these first images, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage debuts with an all-new design inspired by the carmaker’s latest “Opposites United” design philosophy, first seen on the EV6.

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Although sharing the same design language, the two models can’t be any more different, particularly in front. While the EV6 gets a clean and minimalist design, the Sportage’s front fascia can only be described as loud, featuring a large full-width Tiger Nose grille with black mesh graphics.

The grille is bookended by boomerang-style daytime-running lights, which in turn forms the boundary lines for the headlights. We’re not sure if it’s just us, but does the whole boomerang-inspired styling not remind anyone of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield face? Well, at least it’s a good look.

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The bubbly bodywork of its predecessor is now replaced by taut lines and sharper creases, including a chrome belt line that kicks up significantly at the back to meet the distinctive D-pillar accent. The greenhouse is also now significantly sleeker, and pairs well with the optional blacked-out roof (for the first time ever on the Sportage) for a proper sporty appearance.

Round the rear is where the resemblances to the EV6 are most apparent, particularly with the full-width taillights – although, the Sportage is significantly more “conventional” in design, paired to a more upright rear window and tailgate design.

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As we’ve seen in the teaser previews, the all-new Kia Sportage features a completely redesigned cabin, characterised by the wide curved display panel and three-dimensional air vents that reinforces the SUV’s “driver oriented”, “slim cockpit feel”.

One of the biggest changes on the all-new Sportage is the all-new centre console panel, featuring a new shift-by-wire rotary dial for the transmission, alongside “soft-touch switches” that controls the various driving and seat ventilation settings.

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Kia is keeping mum on the Sportage’s further details, aside from the availability of a “X-Line” model featuring unique bumpers, side sill, curved roof rack, alongside unique upholstery and finishes on the inside. The all-new Kia Sportage is scheduled for a global market launch later this year, so we expect more information – including the powertrain options – to be slow-dripped as we edge closer to the launch.


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