Kia's 2013 Sorento is a unique proposition. From the outside, it looks like a mere update of the current model. But underneath, we're expecting to find the same all-new platform that underpins Hyundai's new Santa Fe.
It'll take this year's Australian launch to find out just how good its new architecture is, but these new spy photos reveal what we'll find on the styling front.
Published at Korean website Hankyung this week, the new shots prove what our earlier photos revealed: the 'updated' Sorento will get a revised face and brand-new tail-lights.
Among the styling updates here are a new front bumper with taller fog lights, updated headlight internals with an LED strip along the top edge, and a new grille that is shorter top-to-bottom with a slimmer chrome frame.
At the rear, we can see brand-new hooked tail-lights showing off a strong new LED lamp arrangement.
Despite sharing the new platform of the 2013 Santa Fe, Kia will undoubtedly stick to its strategy of developing unique suspension and handling characteristics, with a particular focus on local tweaks for Australian road conditions.
The Sorento's current engine range, which includes 204kW/335Nm 3.5 litre petrol and 145kW/422Nm 2.2 litre diesel options, is likely to carry over into the 2013 model.
Speaking with TMR recently, Kia Australia's Kevin Hepworth confirmed that the 2013 Sorento will make its local debut in the third quarter of 2012 - potentially beating the new Santa Fe here - with pricing and specifications to be revealed closer to launch.
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