Kia’s big 2015 Sorento seven-seater has made its online debut today, with three new photos offering a first real look at the next-generation SUV.
Teased in spy photos and highly-fanciful official sketches over recent months, this new Sorento will make its Australian debut early next year.
The company also points to last year’s Cross GT concept as one of the key previews of this new Sorento’s styling.
Kia says the new SUV was designed in Korea, “with significant levels of input from the brand’s Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California design studios”.
Full details are still to come, although it is known that the 2015 Sorento will be longer and wider than its predecessor.
At 4780mm, the new Sorento is a whopping 95mm longer than the outgoing model, and the wheelbase of the already new platform has been extended 80mm to 2780mm.
The new model also boasts a lower and more powerful appearance, with overall height reduced by 15mm to 1685mm.
Kia promises a more spacious interior, and while details are still to come, these photos reveal a more premium design than the ageing cockpit of the current model.
It's too soon to speculate on local powertrains, but expect a version of the current Sorento's 2.2 litre R-series turbo diesel to continue.
The model shown here also wears Kia’s “Eco Dynamics” branding, hinting at the rumoured Sorento Hybrid that is expected to be offered overseas - and potentially here.
The new Sorento will make its official debut in Korea later this month, with a global premiere set for October’s Paris Motor Show.
Speaking with TMR earlier this year, new Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said he expects this new Sorento to bring a significant sales boost.
“With [the current] Sorento in runout, we’re doing about 260 month-in and month-out. I would hope that new Sorento would jump up to around 375-400 a month. I think it’s probably a 5000 sales per year car,” he said.
Exact Australian timing is still to be confirmed, although Kia has confirmed with TMR that we will not see it as early as January’s Australian Open, where the company has previously used its sponsorship position to promote new models.