New Kia Sorento unveiled

* Face-lifted Kia Sorento SUV * Updated styling; chassis changes * On sale in autum 2012...

18 June 2012

New Kia Sorento unveiled

An updated Kia Sorento SUV will go on sale in autumn 2012.

The face-lifted model has cosmetic tweaks and 'significant' engine and chassis changes to keep it competitive against rivals such as the forthcoming all-new Hyundai Santa Fe.

There are subtle changes to the Sorento's front end, with a new grille with LED details and headlight lenses. A redesigned bumper includes new vertical foglights.

Kia has made more extensive changes to the rear, where there's a new tailgate, slimmer tail lights and a reshaped bumper.

A range of new alloy wheel designs complete the external makeover.
Updated Kia Sorento has new front bumper, grille and headlight lenses

Inside, there are more soft-touch surfaces, a new centre console with an 7-inch display and a redesigned LED instrument display. There's also a new gear selector for automatic models and a larger optional panoramic sunroof.

Chassis changes are aimed at improving ride and handling

Technical details haven't been released, but Kia says the Sorento has a 're-engineered bodyshell' for improved ride and handling, and engine improvements to deliver better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

New-look rear end has slimmer tail lights and a reshaped tailgate

The updated Kia Sorento goes on sale in the autumn. No prices or specifications have been announced, but we'd expect a small price rise over the current car, which starts at 23,105.

Leo Wilkinson