The robust Kia Sportage gets a minor facelift for 2008 and the news coincides with the announcement that all models will now be sourced from the modern Zilina plant in Slovakia.
The Sportage's changes are not very dramatic, but do transform the off-roader into a seemingly softer machine.
Exterior adjustments include a restyled front grille, enlarged side mirrors, new alloy wheels and a wider range of paint finishes.
Technical improvements include power steering that is supposedly more direct and stiffer dampers for improved on-road handling.
Larger diameter front brake discs (300 mm) now stop the Sportage in significantly quicker times.
Wind noise inside the cabin has also been reduced by redesigning the door mirror housings and improving the seals around the sunroof.
Towing capacity for Sportage has also been increased to a maximum of 1.8 ton.
Kia SA has confirmed that there are not immediate plans to launch the facelifted Sportage, which will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, yet.