In Euro guise, the Sportage will get a mild-hybrid diesel powertrain that combines a 48-volt electric motor with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, though it will not be available in Australia.
Instead, Kia Motors Australia will stick with conventional internal-combustion engines, and it remains yet to be seen whether it will stray from its current powertrain line-up that consists of a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder (with 114kW of power and 192Nm of torque), a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol (with 135kW/237Nm) and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder (with 136kW/400Nm).
The updated Kia also features new safety technology including adaptive cruise control, surround-view monitor (360-degree camera) and driver fatigue detection. An idle stop-start system is offered, too.
Cosmetically, the Sportage is expected to look the same as the European model when it arrives in Australia, however Kia's local arm will keep exact details under wraps until the facelifted SUV launches in July.
Official images show updated bumpers, with chrome strips on each side of the grille and dual exhaust pipes that sit below a new rear diffuser.
The headlights and tail-lights are also new, along with updated alloy wheels. Interior changes include a new steering wheel and instrument cluster, refreshed two-tone upholstery, and 7.0-inch and 8.0-inch infotainment system options.
The higher-spec GT-Line is treated to a gloss black grille, silver skid plates and chrome inserts on the sills and tailgate, as well as black and grey leather upholstery or optional black leather with red accents.