Kia has released the first official photographs of its new small SUV, which will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Called the ‘Sportage’ – reviving the name of Kia’s earlier 4×4 – the new five-door SUV features a fully-automatic four-wheel drive system with traction control and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) available as an option.

The Sportage will be available with a choice of three engines (2-litre and 2.7-litre V6 petrol, or 2-litre diesel), two-wheel or four-wheel drive power trains, five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions (with full auto or manual selection) and two trim levels.

The rear seat cushion and backrest has a ‘Fold & Dive’ system to create a square-sided, completely flat cargo area. The passenger seat backrest can fold flat to accommodate extra-long loads and at the rear, the top-hinged tailgate features a flip-up window (like the Sorento) for added loading versatility. The spare wheel is carried internally, beneath the cargo area floor, so the gas-strut supported tailgate is easy to operate.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in October.