SPYSHOTS: Kia Sportage facelift set to get new face

SPYSHOTS: Kia Sportage facelift set to get new face

The current fourth-generation Kia Sportage may still look fresh due to its funky styling, but it’s actually nearly three years old. Kia is hard at work on a facelift, and our spy photographers have seen the updated model out in the open, undergoing testing.

By the looks of things, the Sportage will have a fairly thorough front fascia redesign, with the headlights now featuring the Porsche-esque four-point LED daytime running lights introduced on the Forte/Cerato. The grille also appears to have been reshaped, and the air intakes get a more aggressive design reminiscent of the ones on the recently revealed SP Concept.

SPYSHOTS: Kia Sportage facelift set to get new face

Clearly visible at the rear are new LED tail lights, along with a revised skid plate design adorning what looks to be a reprofiled rear bumper. Expect the usual minor trim changes inside, plus updated infotainment systems and a range of new driver assistance systems to keep it up to date with the rest of the competition.

Also anticipated are changes to the engine lineup, which currently consists of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines displacing 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4 litres, as well as 1.7 and 2.0 litre turbodiesels. Our spies say that the new model could also receive a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The existing six-speed manual and automatic and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions should be retained.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Looks good with the camo on…buy!!…without camo no buy..60k pls otr tq..salam 1m

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  • Seoul on Feb 09, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    185hp 400nm 7 speed dsg…that is a nice combo.

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  • John Fake News Sdn Bhd on Feb 09, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Looks superb!

    I hope our Proton can learn from Kia and Hyundai how they transformed their company to world class standards.

    In the 90s, Korean cars were the butt joke of society. If you drove a Kia Spectra or Kia Sephia, people would laugh at you behind your back

    Look at where they are today. Globally a top seller. Now selling 8 million cars globally. And in US and Australia, they are No 1 in sales.

    Today, in Malaysia and globally, Kia cars are highly in demand and command respect for its quality, handling and beauty.

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  • Middle Age Driver (Member) on Feb 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

    How can I buy the 6 speed Manual in Msia?

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  • DonkeyKong on Feb 11, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Ugly is ugly. What’s the point of a facelift. It’s like trying to give Dr Vida a facelift and ending up with Carrot Top.

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