Kia has released the first official photos of the all-new third-generation Kia Sorento. It features the brand’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille that is now larger and more upright, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, flanked by a pair of long swept-back headlights.
The new design is very much an evolution of the existing model, despite being longer, lower and wider, with an extended wheelbase for better interior room. Together with a lower roofline, higher beltline and rounded shoulders at the rear to give the car good proportions.
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 sleeker look is enhanced by an increase in length (+95 mm to 4780 mm) and a 15 mm reduction in height (down to 1685 mm), while the 80 mm longer wheelbase (now 2780 mm) ensures more passenger space in all three seat rows.
Soon-Nam Lee, Vice-President of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corp., said, “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.”
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.