New Kia Sorento revealed
Kia has released the first official photos of its all-new, third-generation Kia Sorento featuring a new snout that brings it in line with other Kia models.
LONGER, LOWER AND WIDER, with an extended wheelbase, the new Sorento builds on the success of the outgoing model, delivering a premium look and feel, with more space and numerous innovative features. The new Sorrento is longer by 95mm to 4780mm, 15mm lower, down to 168 mm, while the 80mm longer wheelbase (now 2780 mm) should mean there’s more passenger space in all three seat rows.
“While we have retained the name based on the tremendous success of the outgoing model, the all-new Sorento has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, and promises to surprise customers with its thoroughly updated styling, a host of new convenience and safety technologies, as well as enhanced space, driving comfort and handling response,” said Soon-Nam Lee, Vice-President of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corp.
The new Sorrento is recognisable as a Sorento (carrying over the long bonnet and the distinctive treatment of the wide D-pillars), but it also draws inspiration from the Kia Cross GT concept which debuted at the Chicago Motor Show in 2013, although to our eyes it’s also reminiscent of the Rondo. It features a more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, and long swept-back headlamps. The lower roofline, higher beltline and , rounded shoulders at the rear. The exterior styling of the new Sorento was led by Kia’s Namyang design studio in Korea, with significant levels of input from the brand’s Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California design studios.
The all-new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea in late August and make its world motor show premiere on Thursday, October 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.