COMING SOON: Kia has revealed the first images of the third-generation Sorento. It will arrive in SA early 2015. Image: Kia
• Muscular and mature appearance
• New safety Technologies
• Debut at Paris Motorshow 2014
Kia has released the first images of its new Kia Sorento. The photos shows a striking, more mature appearance, with bold, swept-back styling and sophisticated surface detailing.
Kia South Africa says the new Sorento will arrive locally during the first quarter of 2015.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Kia Sorento
Dimensions have increased in length (+95mm to 4.78m) and a 15mm reduction in height (down to 1.68m), while the 80mm longer wheelbase at 2.78m makes for more leg room in all three seat rows.
Its new design is an evolution of the current vehicle, says Kia, incorporating "fresh, visual elements inspired by the Kia Cross GT concept" that made its debut at the 2013 Chicago auto show.
VIDEO: Designing the third-gen Kia Sorento
In terms of design, the front of the car features a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, and long, swept-back headlights. The lower roofline, higher beltline and more muscular, rounded shoulders at the rear give the car a dramatic appearance.
Kia's vice-president of overseas marketing Soon-Nam Lee said: “While we have retained the name based on the tremendous success of the current 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.”
The all-new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea in late August 2014. It will make its European premiere on October 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.