Heavily revised Kia Sorento hits UK in Autumn

Kia are continuing their assault on the European market with a revised Sorento model that seems to be less of a facelift and more of a complete reengineering.

The changes made to the second generation Sorento, introduced to the UK in 2009, include a reworked bodyshell and enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy along with lower emissions. There’s also changes to the chassis to improve ride, handling and refinement, while additions have been made to convenience and safety features.

Naturally there’s a revised look to the car, with LED daytime running lights being added to the top of the headlight units, a new boot lid with LED lights, new bumpers front and rear and vertically mounted fog lights up front. A choice of 19 inch alloy wheels is also now available.

On the inside there’s been an increase in quality for the plastics, with soft-touch surfaces throughout. LCD instruments compliment the 7 inch screen mounted in the revised centre stack, while a larger panoramic roof with no centre cross beam allows more natural light in.

“Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world,” said Thomas Oh, Kia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Business Division. “Today, it is manufactured in Korea and the USA, attracting over 130,000 U.S. customers last year to rank as the best-selling Kia model in the States for the second year in a row. 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.”

The revised Sorento is due to arrive in the UK in the autumn.

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