Revealed: new 2015 Kia Sorento

  •  First look at third-generation Kia Sorento
  •  Longer wheelbase means roomier cabin
  •  UK release expected spring 2015

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First official pictures of the all-new Kia Sorento SUV have been released.

The chassis has been completely re-engineered and has grown in width, length and wheelbase, although it is marginally lower than the previous version. The changes translate into improved passenger space for all three rows of seats.

Despite the reduced height, there is more headroom on offer thanks to repositioned seat cushions, while there is also more legroom.

The luggage space with the third row of seats folded flat has increased by 17.5%, up to 605 litres.

The Sorento will only be offered in a seven-seat version in the UK, with the second row folding on a 40/20/40 split. The middle row seats will be foldable via a pair of levers in the boot.

Kia has also promised that the new model will feature a host of new technology, including four cameras that provide an all-around view for parking and a powered tailgate that opens the boot automatically when it senses the key is nearby.

It is expected that Kia will only offer a revised version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine from the outgoing Sorento. Final emissions and economy figures are not confirmed, but the revisions should improve them over the current car's 155g/km and 47.9mpg.

Kia also says that it has made significant changes to the new car's insulation, reducing the amount of noise and vibration in the cabin by up to 6%. More high-strength steel is intended to increase strength, while there is a selection of safety systems.

Adaptive criuse control, a lane departure warning system, front collision warning, blind spot indicators, lane change assist and a system that warns if a car is passing by when you are reversing out of a parking space are all offered, although it is not yet confirmed which of these features will be offered in the UK.

The new Kia Sorento will make its European debut in October at the Paris Motor Show.

Prices are also unconfirmed, but are set to start around £28,000. At present, Target Price discounts of up to 15% have been available across the range, but these are likely to reduce to around 10% when the car is new.

The first UK deliveries of the new Sorento are expected in spring 2015.

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