The Sportage arrived in the UK in March 2010, with the revised model set to debut here in the second half of 2014.
A spokesman told us that the Sportage remains popular – so much so that the small SUV is the best-selling car in Kia’s line-up in the UK in some months – so expect minimal changes to the exterior.
A new bonnet, bumpers and grille will feature, alongside new head and tail-lights – the former getting LED daytime running elements moved from the lamp’s lower edge to its upper side.
It’ll be a similar story inside, with upgrades to trim, while the engine line-up is likely to remain unchanged, but will receive the customary optimising tweaks to improve efficiency and boost power.
The Sportage is popular globally, so Kia as-yet has not confirmed which motorshow the facelifted model will first be shown at. However, a Europe debut is possible – as it’s built in Kia’s factory in Zilina, Slovakia – so the car would likely be shown at the Paris Motor Show in September 2014, and go on sale here soon afterwards.