The new Kia Sorento will be revealed to the world at next month’s Geneva motor show, but the Korean brand has released some detailed sketches of the new car that leaves little to the imagination.
The first vehicle based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform, the Sorento promises to offer space from cars a size above, as well as leave room underneath for a hybrid power plant.
The front end takes an evolutionary approach to design, retaining the famous Kia ‘tiger-nose’ while adding a sharper edge to the Sorento. The rear of the car takes inspiration from the US-market Telluride with Mustang-like vertical lights. There are chrome highlights around the entire car, lending it a more premium appearance.
Inside the new Kia Sorento is a development of the digital-first design found in the latest XCeed. A digital instrument cluster sits alongside a sizeable infotainment screen. What looks like a touchpanel operates the heating and ventilation but, pleasingly, it appears that physical switches and knobs remain for temperature and volume controls.
A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. The latest model has been benchmarked against some German rivals, suggesting the new Kia Sorento will be a step forward in both driving dynamics and perceived quality.
It’s expected to be launched with the same 2.2-litre diesel engine it currently uses, and a 48-volt mild-hybrid will undoubtedly follow. Plug-in hybrid models are filtering into the Kia range, and the Sorento would make an ideal candidate to take on that technology too.