The Kia Sorento SUV has been completely overhauled, three years after the model was introduced. New features include an all-new platform - which is tipped to be around 100kg lighter than before - a revised engine line-up and improvements to ride, handling and refinement.
Also new, is the addition of LED daytime running lights, redesigned headlamps and bumpers front and rear and the option of larger 19-inch alloys wheels.
Available as a seven-seater only, interior features of the revised model comprise a new LCD instrument cluster and a fresh centre stack with integrated seven-inch display. Top spec models also feature a larger panoramic roof than before.
In line with Kia’s new model roll-out, Kia has simplified the Sorento's trim levels to include either 1, 2, 3 or 4 spec models. Standard equipment across the board is likely to be improved above the outgoing car.
While Kia remains tight-lipped about the Sorento’s engine line-up, it promises best in class fuel economy. It is likely that a retuned version of the current model’s 2.2-litre oil-burner will remain. In current 2.2 CRDi guise, the Sorento achieves 43.5mpg and 171g/km CO2.
UK sales of the upgraded Kia Sorento will begin later this year after details and prices of the model are revealed in autumn.
Since the SUV’s market introduction, Kia has sold more than 620,000 units worldwide, the most popular market being the US. UK sales of the Sorento total 5400 since its UK introduction at the beginning of 2010.