Kia’s large SUV, the family-focussed Sorento, has come in for a mid-life rework that sees the 2018 model given a more upmarket look and feel to help boost its appeal.
As revealed on the South Korean manufacturers domestic market website, the new Sorento has been subtly upgraded inside and out, but retains a familiar look.
Although similar at first glance, the Sorento is headed up by a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, connected to headlights with refreshed internals and available full-LED lighting. The bumper has also been massaged with a wider front intake, more defined cheek-lines and reshaped ice-cube LED foglights.
The rear also comes in for a light revision, with a subtly different rear bumper, new LED taillights with a more technical-looking array of internal elements, and twin-tipped muffler for diesel models.
Changes on the inside are more significant, featuring an upgraded touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and wireless inductive charging, a more premium quilted leather finish for the seats, and subtle upgrades to the gear selector, and steering wheel which now comes with a stitched hub cover and perforated leather rim inserts.
Along with the visual changes the updated Sorento will also move to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and V6 models are expected to offer improved efficiency over the outgoing model.
Safety systems have also been adjusted, with forward collision warning including pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking, a 360-degree camera system, driver fatigue monitoring, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist slated for the Korean market.
Kia Australia says the facelifted model will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2017 but at this stage can't confirm prices and specifications for local models, which may differ from what is offered in Korea.
Kia has also shown an expanded range of accessories including lowered suspension, Mercedes-AMG-style side steps, tiger-nose tailpipe outlets, and Sorento-branded LED puddle lights, however a Kia Australia spokesperson told TMR it was unlikely the full range would be available for Australia.
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