The fourth generation Kia Sportage has been around since 2015 and so it is time for a facelift — and here it is, boasting some new styling cues.

Images of the camouflaged prototype have been flooding our inbox for a while; earlier snaps hinted that the compact crossover will feature revised headlights (they appear to incorporate four-point LED “ice cube” lights just like what Porsche has...) with new fog lights and a modified front bumper with new intakes while the latest batch of pics that have just landed suggest that the corporate ‘tiger nose’ grille will likely be redesigned too, not that we’re surprised about that. However, the mid-cycle refresh for the CUV could also feature a sporty-looking GT Line judging by the two-tone large alloys and the dual exhaust tips — but that could just be wishful thinking on our part.

Around the back, it’ll get new LED graphics for the taillights which should really help to give the refreshed 2019 model a more modern appearance and the clusters could be connected by a light bar on the boot lid. The rear bumper will also be updated since the housing of the lower lights look to have changed.

As for the interior, we doubt Kia is hiding anything really new there and we doubt that there will be any major changes aside from new upholstery and an updated infotainment system is likely on the agenda too. Some new driver assistance features would be a nice touch.

The 2019 Sportage should make its debut towards the end of the year and although engine options remain unconfirmed (it should get naturally-aspirated and blown four-cylinders) we believe it’ll be available with a mild hybrid drivetrain too to help reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.


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