Due to go on sale in the autumn, the Sorento features a re-engineered bodyshell, improved fuel economy, lower emissions, better ride and handling, plus a new exterior look.

For its mid-lifecycle refresh, the Kia Sorento crossover has been given more than a superficial makeover. Due to go on sale in the autumn, the Sorento features a re-engineered bodyshell, improved fuel economy, lower emissions, better ride and handling, plus a new exterior look.

On the outside, the facelifted Sorento features redesigned front and rear bumper fascia, headlamps with LEDs and tailgate with LED rear combination lamps. There are also a wider choice of wheels. Depending on the market, 19-inch alloys are available.

The interior has been imrpoved also with new materials, LCD instrument cluster, new center stack with 7-inch display screen, larger panoramic sunroof and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission models. Offered as a five- or seven-seater, upholstery comes in either black or beige cloth or leather.

"Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world. Today, it is manufactured in Korea and the USA, attracting over 130,000 U.S. customers last year to rank as the best-selling Kia model in the States for the second year in a row," commented Thomas Oh, Kia's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Business Division. "We have given very careful attention to owners' feedback, and the upgraded Sorento is not just a cosmetic exercise but a major step forward for our popular SUV."

Specifications and pricing will be annnounced at a later date.

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