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Kia Europe has released the first official images of the new 2016 Kia Sportage‘s interior. There’s a dashboard shot and one of the general cabin, showing leather seats and a panoramic glass roof.

Kia says that the new interior is one of the most significant improvements over the third-generation SUV. The focus was to create a cabin which offered a wide, driver-oriented dashboard, with a simple, modern design. The Korean brand also promises a far greater proportion of soft-touch materials and better soundproofing. Forward visibility is aided by a lowered A-pillar base, while the A-pillar itself has been made thinner.

Where the cabin of the outgoing Sportage is focused around a clearly-defined central console, with a vertical design, the new model features horizontal lines. The lateral design divides the dash into two clear zones – ‘display’ and ‘control’.

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The ‘display’ zone includes the instrument binnacle and optional new 7.0- or 8.0-inch HMI (human-machine interface) systems. Below a clear line running the length of the dashboard is the ‘control’ zone, with the central console cascading downwards and tilted 10 degrees towards the driver.

The division also lends itself to single or two-tone colour schemes, with customers able to choose from either a single-tone (black) or two-tone (dark and light grey or black and Canyon Beige) cabin.

Buyers specifying the new GT Line get a sportier feel, with a D-shaped leather steering wheel, piano black trim and aluminium pedals.

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Passengers get more space than before, thanks to a 30 mm growth in wheelbase length to 2,670 mm. The new Sportage maintains the same height (1,635 mm) and width (1,855 mm) as the outgoing car, but headroom is up by 5 mm in front and 16 mm at the back, while max legroom has expanded by 19 mm front and 7 mm back.

Kia says that in the rear, a 40 mm lower interior floor – without sacrificing exterior ground clearance – and 30 mm higher rear bench hip point provide backbenchers a more natural and comfortable seating posture and improved under-thigh support. In addition, the reclining rear seats now offer 17 steps – from 23 to 37 degrees, with the reclining lever relocated from the upper seat-back to the lower side of the seat.

The new Kia Sportage will make its debut at this month’s Frankfurt show. More details soon.