Just weeks after the Kia Sportage facelift was spotted in South Korea, our spy photographers have managed to catch yet another prototype unit making rounds outside the Nurburgring. The fourth-generation SUV is set to get the usual nip and tuck changes, most of which are aesthetic in nature.

As per previous sightings, the test mule remains heavily masked, but items such as the new headlights and tail lights remain visibly distinguishable. The former will get an all-new design, featuring Porsche-like four-point LED DRLs surrounding the main LED projector headlight – a new design motif shared with the new Forte and Ceed.

Over at the back, the new tail lights appear to look much sleeker than the outgoing items, featuring LED surrounds and dotted strips in the middle. Think Porsche Macan, and you won’t be far off. Elsewhere, expect the Sportage to gain new front and rear bumpers, several new wheel options and a mildly tweaked interior. Again, no cabin shots have come our way just yet, but the usual infotainment system updates with improved trims and materials can be expected.

Performance-wise, an updated engine could be likely – the combustion engine range will comprise of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines displacing 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4 litres, along with 1.7 and 2.0 litre turbodiesel units. These engines will continue to be paired with six-speed manual and automatic, as well as seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

Back home, the Sportage is available in two variants – the entry-level 2.0 2WD EX at RM129,888 and 2.0 GT CRDi (AWD) at RM155,357. Find out what we think of the latter in our video review below. To know more about the Sportage’s equipment and specifications, head over to CarBase.my.

GALLERY: 2018 Kia Sportage 2.0L GT CRDi