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Kia Reveals New Sportage

“The new face of Kia.”

by on Aug.28, 2015

New headlights and a modified "tiger nose" grille distinguish the gen-four Kia Sportage.

Kia is giving us a more detailed look at the next-generation Sportage, following up on the early renderings it released a couple weeks ago.

Set to make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the 2016 Kia Sportage will pick up on some of the cues we first saw in the form of the Niro Concept two years ago. The overall look offers a strong hint of where Kia’s global design chief Peter Schreyer will be taking the look of the brand in the years to come.

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The biggest changes to the design of the fourth-generation Sportage can be seen in its face, notes Kia, “with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed (hood) and bolder wheel arches.”


Kia Gives First Peek at New 2016 Sportage

Official debut set for September 15 in Frankfurt.

by on Aug.18, 2015

Kia offers a tease of the new 2016 Sportage.

It must be the start of auto show season, as manufacturers begin releasing teaser images of new products to come. That includes Kia, which has offered up some renderings of the fourth-generation Sportage SUV it plans to introduce at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The new Kia Sportage design includes an interior that the maker has dubbed its “most refined high-quality cabin yet.”

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Overall, the new Sportage appears to adopt a more refined and sophisticated take on the “tiger nose” styling theme first penned by Peter Schreyer, now head of design for both Kia and its sibling Korean carmaker Hyundai.


Kia Moves Up-Market with Cross GT Concept

“Blurring the lines.”

by on Feb.07, 2013

The Kia Cross GT Concept hints at future plans for the Korean automaker.

Kia is the latest maker hoping to “blur the lines” between a luxury sedan and a three-row crossover with the new Cross GT Concept it has unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

It brings to mind the size gap between the 2- and 3-row versions of the Santa Fe launched this year by sibling maker Hyundai – but with more upscale accoutrements.

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“The debut of the GT in 2011 heralded a new frontier for Kia, both from a design and a business perspective,” noted Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Corporation president and global chief of design.  “It beautifully illustrated to the world that the brand was ready to explore the possibility of perhaps one day offering a full-size rear-drive luxury saloon.  The Cross GT, with its raised stance and large cargo area, allows us to envision the GT in the form of a full-size luxury crossover.”


Track’ster “Hints” at Next-Generation Kia Soul

“Tough looking, like a bulldog” – but will this dog hunt?

by on Feb.08, 2012

Longer, lower and wider, but will the Track'ster reappear as the next-generation Kia Soul?

Kia is giving Chicago Auto Show-goers a first look at what it says is a “hint” of what the next-generation Soul hatchback will look like.  Dubbed Track’ster, the 3-door concept vehicle is intended to give the popular crossover a more rugged and aggressive look, company officials suggested during a media preview in the Windy City.

The original Kia Soul kicked off quite a stir, especially when the Korean carmaker turned to a trio of digitally enhanced hamsters to help make the pitch.  A slightly updated version, introduced last year, followed the cute-ute approach, bringing back the hip-hop hamsters with a catchy dance track provided by one-hit wonders LMFAO.

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If the Track’ster is any indication, the maker wants to go for a more aggressive design when its time for the full refresh of the Kia platform.

“The idea was to make the Track’ster tough looking, like a bulldog,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer for KMA.  “But the car had to be approachable as well.  We wanted to base the car in reality so people instantly knew it was a Soul, but with a lot of attitude.  It had to be a bold interpretation that would change people’s conceptions of what a sporty Kia could be.”


First Look: 2011 Kia Sportage

Debut planned for March Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.03, 2010

A sneak peek of the Euro-spec 2011 Kia Sportage, which debuts in Geneva, next month.

My, how time flies when you’re working the auto show circuit.  With the L.A. and Detroit events now past tense, we’re getting our reservations ready for Chicago, which stages its press preview next week.  But the folks at Kia are looking even further ahead and have just tipped us off to the launch of the 2011 Kia Sportage, planned for the Geneva Motor Show, in March.

Like its bigger Korean sibling, Hyundai, Kia is trying to shift styling directions.  Gone are the boxy derivative shapes of the past, it promises, touting the look of the 2011 Sportage as “embodying Kia’s newfound visual dynamism.”

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That translates into a more wagon-like crossover, with a sweeping roof line, bold grille and over-sized fog lamp surrounds, among other details.  The 2011 Kia Sportage is longer, lower and wider than the previous model, with more interior passenger and cargo space, as well.