2017 Kia Sportage exterior red front
(Kia Motors America)

Late last week, Kia released photos of the completely redesigned 2017 Sportage. According to Kia, the new Sportage "features a bold, progressive design" that evokes "the most iconic modern fighter jets." Most critics agree that the redesign gives the Sportage a more aggressive look than the outgoing model.

Car and Driver says, "Like pretty much every other modern Kia, the new Sportage looks fresh, handsome, and upscale."

Autoblog thinks that "The front end is a rather busy place, although the rest of the design appears far cleaner."

2017 Kia Sportage exterior rear quarter
(Kia Motors America)

According to Autoweek, "The redesigned compact crossover adopts the brand's common design themes, for the most part. … but the headlights almost lay flat on the hood at the very top of the very vertical front fascia for a look that vaguely resembles that of the Porsche Cayenne."

Kelley Blue Book calls the 2017 Sportage's design "sleeker" and "more substantial" than the outgoing model's. They add, "Mixing smooth contours and sharp edges with more rakish roofline and pronounced fender flares, this subcompact hauler sets off its more aggressive profile with equally dramatic front and rear fascias."

2017 Kia Sportage exterior side
(Kia Motors America)

Motor Trend writes, "The most distinctive element of the 2017 Kia Sportage is the SUV’s face. … The upright, stubby nose tapers into a profile that maintains a similar greenhouse as the current Sportage, and the rear end displays wraparound LED taillights clearly inspired by the Kia K900 luxury sedan."

Details about the new Sportage's drivetrain aren't yet available, but several automotive publications, including Autoweek and Motor Trend, expect it to be similar to the drivetrain in the redesigned 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The 2016 Tucson comes standard with a 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It is available with a 175-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with both engines. Hyundai and Kia are owned by the same parent company in Korea and often share mechanical components.

Kia says the new Sportage will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 15, and more technical specifications should be announced then. Autoweek predicts pricing will be announced closer to its release in the United States. The 2017 Kia Sportage is expected to go on sale in the U.S. early in the 2016 calendar year, according to Kelley Blue Book.

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