Spy Shots: Kia Sorento facelift goes testing at the Nurburgring

2013 Kia Sorento Exterior Spyshots
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The Nurburgring has been extremely crowded these past few days with new prototypes taking their turn burning up the track and finishing up their testing. The latest car spotted isn’t exactly killing any speed records, but it will tickle the fancy of soccer moms everywhere. The new Kia Sorento facelift was spotted testing for the first time back in February somewhere in Sweden, but this new prototype has been stripped of that awkward sack up front and also appears to have different rear light graphics.

As previously reported, the future Sorento will feature the same design language as seen in the recently announced C’eed, including its new designed headlights with LED day driving lights and new front and rear bumpers. The interior will also be heavily modified in order to make it a more competitive model in the SUV market.

As far as power is concerned, we are still in the dark as to if any changes will be made. The current model is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine that delivers 175 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque and a more powerful 3.5 Liter V6 engine making 276 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. Both are coupled to Kia’s six speed automatic transmission. Worst case scenario is that the same engine choices will be offered, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at this point.

We’ll keep you updated on the newest information concerning the 2013 Kia Sorento, so stay tuned!


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  (762) posted on 09.10.2012

The modifications on the front seems very interesting. What will it look like after those cover bares skin?

  (460) posted on 09.6.2012

They decided to make it 2015 so that they could do some extensive testing and improvements.

  (419) posted on 06.14.2012

I’d only go with its appearance, but not with its performance.

  (676) posted on 06.7.2012

If only there was an engine improvement, it would have been taken the Nurburgring by storm.

  (458) posted on 05.27.2012

It merely showed up there to display its facelift. Otherwise, it could have upgraded its engine too if it wanted to boast its performance.

  (569) posted on 05.24.2012

Sorento should just definitely show off its facelift. I can tell that its performance figures aren’t fitted to be highly competitive.

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