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Comments: Frankfurt Motor Show: Kia Previews the Next Sportage

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After some leaks showing off the vehicle, Kia has decided to release some pictures of the next-generation Sportage before its official debut at Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

 

Compared to the current Sportage, the new model is much bolder thanks to a lower and wider “tiger nose” grille, new headlights, and wider fenders. Kia designer's retain the distinctive swept-back silhouette of the current model.

 

We don't have any details on the interior or powertrains. Kia is keeping those under wraps till next month.

 

Source: Kia

 

 

Press Release is on Page 2


 

Dynamic energy: Bold new exterior design for next-generation Kia Sportage

 

Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015.
Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle's designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.
The 'face' of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car's design, 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 bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognisable as a Kia, the Sportage's lower, wider 'tiger-nose' grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage's face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance.
The all-new Sportage is characterised by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look.
At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car's width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car.
The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand's Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres


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Interesting design direction.  Getting away from the huge gaping mouth of pretty much every crossover these days. 

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I don't see too much of a difference other than the front end, but I think the Tucson may have the edge between the two this time around.

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Thy refined teh styling of teh current model and changed up the front end. I'm not sure if I like the new nose better than the old, but its still good looking, the rest looks great.

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See a tiny bit of of the B9 in those headlights......

That is exactly what I saw too.

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      Kia Motors America Announces May Sales
      Record Month for the Stinger Fastback Sports Sedan IRVINE, Calif., June 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America today announced May sales of 59,462 vehicles, representing a 1.6 percent increase over the same period last year and the brand's highest monthly sales total in 2018.  May sales were led by the Forte and Sorento, with 11,261 and 10,370 units sold, respectively. In addition, the Stinger fastback sports sedan set a model-specific monthly sales record with 1,761 units sold in May.
      "We begin the traditional summer sales period having achieved a number of important milestones, including our best monthly sales thus far in 2018, Stinger sales at an all-time high, and a sales increase of 1.6 percent over the same period last year," said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America. "With the recent news that Kia has eight models designated a 2018 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and that Kia was counted among the top three most trusted non-luxury automotive brands – for the second consecutive year – in the annual AMCI Trusted Automotive Brands Study, we are confident that more and more consumers will consider Kia in their purchase decisions."
          MONTH OF MAY
      YEAR-TO-DATE
        Model
      2018
      2017
      2018
      2017
        Rio
      2,181
      1,187
      9,170
      5,722
        Forte
      11,261
      11,081
      44,191
      47,359
        Optima
      10,367
      10,789
      38,253
      48,465
        Cadenza
      344
      528
      3,033
      2,153
        Stinger
      1,761
      N/A
      7,059
      N/A
        K900
      22
      46
      153
      193
        Soul
      9,922
      10,521
      40,165
      43,623
        Niro
      2,808
      2,660
      11,483
      10,488
        Sportage
      7,901
      7,001
      35,013
      28,087
        Sorento
      10,370
      10,413
      40,671
      40,505
        Sedona
      2,525
      3,561
      7,801
      12,998
        Total
      59,462
      58,507
      236,992
      239,593
                               
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