Kia has unveiled its next-generation Sorento seven-seat large SUV, which will make its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show ahead of an Australian on-sale date around the middle of the year.
Headlining the exterior styling a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ front grille that is now integrated with the slim LED headlights.
In profile, the front and rear overhangs are shorter than before, while the wheelbase is longer, giving the appearance of an overall larger vehicle, though Kia is yet to reveal exact dimensions.
For reference, the current Sorento measures 4800mm long, 1890mm wide, 1690mm tall and features at 2780mm wheelbase.
From the rear, the new-generation Sorento adopts a split tail-light design, as well as chiselled rear bumper and tailgate.
Inside the cabin, the Korean brand has moved the interior upmarket with “one of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date”, according to the carmaker.
Gone is the shifter stick, instead replaced with a rotary gear selector similar to what is found in Jaguar models. While soft-touch surfaces, and a mix of embossed wood, metallic trim and leather upholstery are abound.
The multimedia system and instrumentation meanwhile, are both all-digital, splayed across a 10.25- and 12.3-inch screen respectively, though the displays look connected similar to the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) setup.
Engines available are yet to be detailed, but it is understood the Sorento will launch with an updated version of the 147kW/441Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel found in the current SUV in June, while an updated version of the 206kW/336Nm 3.5-lite V6 will come onstream at a later date.
Full pricing and specs are expected closer to launch.