SEOUL - The Kia Sorento SUV will receive a host of improvements when the new upgraded model goes on sale later this year in most markets.
Significant changes include a re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrains for improved fuel economy with lower emissions; improved ride; handling and refinement; additional convenience and safety features; and a new look for the exterior.
Kia's designers have created new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps; new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights and a larger area of body-colour surface; and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter (19-inch) alloys.
Inside the five or seven-seater cabin, there are more soft-touch surfaces plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new centre stack with 8-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission models - reinforcing the vehicle's more luxurious character.
Offered in black or beige cloth or leather, the interior can be bathed in natural light through a larger optional panoramic sunroof with no centre cross beam and a powered blind.
Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world. It is manufactured in South Korea and the United States.
"We have given very careful attention to feedback from owners, and the upgraded Sorento is not just a cosmetic exercise, but a major step forward," said Kia's executive vice president & COO of the International Business Division Thomas Oh.