Kia’s updated Sorento will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, which commences October 2. The exterior has been given a substantial revamp, with a smoother, more fluid design philosophy evident. The headlamps sweep in and around into the fenders, framing a revamped “tiger nose” grille and feature a softer edge compared to its predecessor, as does the driving light clusters at the bottom corner of the front bumper.
The rear debuts a slightly more rounded taillight set whilst, in profile, the rear window line shows a sharper, almost sedan like slope before finishing in an upright tailgate, plus a more sculpted yet tasteful indentation in the doors.
The interior is said to be of a higher standard than before, with a dependent on market four camera viewing system being available, allowing vision for the driver whilst parking and will also gain a power tailgate.
The overall design changes have the Sorento longer, but lower and wider and with an extended wheelbase, helping with economy and interior space. Engineering and manufacturing modifications lead into a stronger bodyshell, tickled suspension and steering plus lower levels of noise, vibration and harshness.
Australian engine specs are yet to be confirmed however the Euro market will get a 2.4L petrol engine alongside a choice of 2.0L and 2.2L diesels. productions is due to commence in the next quarter of 2014 with European sales expected to start in the first half of 2015. All specifications for the Australian market are yet to be confirmed.
Kia also will unveil a freshened version of its popular Rio; with over 471000 sold world wide in 2013, Kia have enhanced the car rather than give it a complete makeover. A redesigned front bumper, grille and foglights feature in the front, with three new wheel designs across a range of 16 to 18 inch in diameter before ending in a redesigned rear bumper.
The interior will feature a mild revamp however Kia will offer, as an option, DAB capable radioss plus Kia’s updated audiovisual navigation units. For the Australian market, the 1.4-litre engine will continue to be offered with a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic in the S and new S Premium grades while the 1.6-litre engine in the Si, SLi and Sport models will come standard with the six-speed automatic.