This fall, the Kia Sorento will get a mid-lifecycle makeover in most parts of the world. While those cosmetic and functional changes won't transfer over to our version of this popular classy crossover until sometime in 2013, the automaker has released images of what we can expect to see when what will be our 2014 Kia Sorento does start rolling out of its U.S. manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia.
Visually, this revamped Sorento boasts edgier front/rear fascias that match bolder contours with recast lighting elements. Rounding out the look are vertically oriented LED running lights, a restyled tailgate and available 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the new Sorento gets an even more dramatic makeover that complements larger areas of soft-touch surfaces and upgraded cloth and leather upholstery with a new LCD instrument cluster, redesigned console/shifter gate and a 7.0-inch display screen in the new center stack. An upsized panoramic sunroof will be offered as an option.
Kia isn't ready to share much in the way of mechanical and engineering details on any versions of this enhanced Sorento. However, it has confirmed that the vehicle features a more robust body structure, significantly improved ride and handling, greater overall refinement and additional safety features along with revised powertrain components that will allow it to deliver better fuel economy and even lower emissions.
"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 U.S., attracting over 130,000 US 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 & COO of the International Busines 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."