The fourth-generation Sportage has officially been launched in the country after Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the official retailer of Kia cars in the country held its Philippine debut at Capital Commons in Pasig City.

Sporting a new exterior design along with a decked-out interior, the new-generation compact utility vehicle (CUV) is set to take on the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Rear quarter of the 2016 Kia Sportage

Billed by Kia as sporty, energetic and dramatic, the 2016 Sportage features a new front fascia. The sweptback projector headlights are now placed higher and feature circular daytime running lights (DRLs). The signature tiger-nose grill, on the other hand, sits lower than before. Also apparent are the new 'ice-cube' foglights (GT Line exclusive), bumper and front air dam.

Kia also designed the Sportage with flared wheel arches, sloped roofline and a distinctive beltline. Sweeping character lines were also applied on the doors which highlight the Sportage's dynamic stance according to Kia. The GT Line will come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels that provide an aggressive finish.

The 2016 Kia Sportage EX

New wraparound LED taillights and tailgate-mounted spoiler dominate the rear section of the 2016 Sportage. It also come standard with dual exhaust pipes, diffuser-integrated bumper and a center chrome trim on the tailgate.

Rear of the 2016 Kia Sportage EX

In terms of dimensions, the 2016 Sportage measures 4,480mm long, 1,855mm wide, 1,655mm tall (w/ roofrails) and has a 2,670mm wheelbase

Stepping inside, Kia claimed the 2016 Sportage emphasizes on comfort and usability. It features a driver-oriented dashboard that allows for a split-cockpit design. It also has what the automaker calls a 'display zone' and 'control zone'. The former shows all of the necessary information via the instrument panel, touchscreen infotainment and human-machine interface. The latter, on the other hand, provides easily accessible functions while on the move.

Aboard the 2016 Kia Sportage EX

Materials such as leather, cloth and contrast stitching deliver an upscale feel for the 2016 Sportage compared to previous generations. Kia improved on the interior space and cargo space, paying particular attention to headroom and legroom. Luggage space at the back is now at 503 liters, 38 liters more than the outgoing model.

The panoramic sunroof of the 2016 Kia Sportage

Exclusive interior equipment on the GT Line include: a D-shaped leather steering wheel, piano black trim, aluminum alloy pedals, paddle shifters and a panoramic glass roof.

Aboard the 2016 Kia Sportage GT Line

Powering all variants of the 2016 Sportage is a 2.0-liter e-VGT CRDi inline-four that is Euro4 ready. It puts out 185 PS at 4,000 rpm along with a torque pull of 402 Nm at 2,750 rpm. The engine is then mated to a 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic and Shiftlock functions.

Compared to the previous engine offering, Kia claimed it has improved emissions, fuel efficiency, Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH) and response. In addition, the GT Line model also benefits from sharper handling and a firmer ride.

Front fascia of the 2016 Kia Sportage

Available models in the 2016 Kia Sportage are: EX 2WD, EX AWD and the range-topping GT Line.

Kia Sportage EX 2WD - PhP 1,445,000

Kia Sportage EX AWD - PhP 1,595,000

Kia Sportage GT Line AWD - PhP 1,795,000