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Will the 2022 Kia Sportage look this radical? New Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival rendered with polarising styling

The next-generation Kia Sportage is edging closer to its debut next year, and now a new spy shot-based rendering has given us a good idea of what the mid-size SUV could look like.

South Korean designer Hitekro included the rendering in a video published on his YouTube channel, basing it on recent spy shots of one of the Sportage’s camouflaged development mules.

Just like the mechanically related new-generation Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage appears set to introduce a radical-looking front fascia, with the rendering exposing the most polarising interpretation of Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille yet.

In fact, the key design element is much larger than before, going as far as to envelope the headlights and daytime running lights, the former of which have a ‘folded’ feel.

Unlike the Tucson, the rest of the Sportage’s front three-quarter angle is rather tame. But again, this rendering is unofficial, so the jury’s still out on how close it is to the real deal.

Speaking of which, the Sportage will reportedly be revealed in April, while CarsGuide has previously reported it will go on sale in Australia around September. The former will be preceded by a teaser campaign, so it won’t be long before we get our first glimpse.

As reported, the Sportage won’t completely follow in the tyre tracks of the Tucson, which is available with both ‘self-charging’ and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Instead, the only hybrid version of the Sportage will be of the mild variety, and it will be built in Slovakia for Europe, a market with strict emissions regulations, unlike Australia.

Once again, local examples of the Sportage will be exclusively sourced from South Korea, but it’s not yet known if the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival will use carryover naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel engines here.

For reference, the Sportage is currently priced from $28,690 (manual S petrol) to $48,190 plus on-road costs (automatic GT-Line diesel).