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.

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.