After a number of testing sessions, the first details on the new Kia Sorento have finally been unveiled. The new SUV will make its official debut in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with sales on the US market to begin in 2014.

As everyone expected, the mid-life refresh of the Kia Sorento includes a re-engineered bodyshell and enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy with lower emissions. The revised SUV will also come with an improved ride, handling, and refinement and additional convenience and safety features, as well as a fresh, new look for the exterior. This new look will consist of new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights, a larger area of body-color surface, and a new set of 19" wheels.

The interior gets improved materials, a new LCD instrument cluster, a new center stack with a 7-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever (on automatic transmission models).

UPDATE 08/16/2012: PaulTan is stating that the refreshed Kia Sorento will be riding on a new platform for the 2013MY, a platform that will also underpin the new Hyundai Sante Fe. This new platform will have new, stronger subframes which give more precise location of the suspension components. Other new features include larger suspension bushes, longer trailing arms at the rear, “High Performance Dampers,” and more direct steering. As an option, Kia will also be throwing in their new FlexSteer system which provides three different steering weights. Inside, the Sorento will also get an additional 30mm to stretch out in.

New pics of the interior also show that the refreshed Sorento will seat seven and will have a two-part glass panoramic roof and a new LCD instrument cluster with an 8" LCD screen (seven-inch in Europe). It will also benefit from satin chrome finish for the door handles, air-vent surrounds, and switches.

Check out the news pics of the interior in the gallery provided!


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  (342) posted on 08.23.2012

Its interior has improved materials like, LCD instrument cluster; center stack with a 7-inch display screen, and a console featuring a straight-gate selector.

  (328) posted on 08.22.2012

It’s much better if they have to pencil lamps that will be useful on the off-road for visibility amidst the fog and other blockage ahead of the track.

  (517) posted on 08.22.2012

I think the difference between this new Sorento and the old one is the lights. If I’m not mistaken, the design and performance are quite the same.

  (395) posted on 06.19.2012

Don’t you think that those extra lights would be really helpful?

  (596) posted on 06.19.2012

I really like its exterior because it seems to have been studded with lights for necessary road illumination.

  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

It’s definitely something to look forward to. This Kia Sorento is promising as it looks, and I am excited to witness the unveiling at Geneva.

  (399) posted on 02.27.2012

Even if it is hidden deep under the camouflage, it is pretty obvious that there has been a lot of changes made for this 2013 Kia Sorento. The unveiling of this totally redesigned Kia Sorento is something to look forward to.

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