Harry Leahey

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Kia’s Sorento SUV has gained a new face and a revamped cabin as the firm continues to update its  internal-combustion engine vehicles. 


The updated version comes following a recent unveiling of the facelifted Kia Picanto supermini, and looks to have taken design cues from its Sportage and all-electric EV9 siblings.  


This is most clearly evident from the car’s new, T-shaped headlights and reshaped front grille and bumper. 


Regarding the rear, the changes are less pronounced. A new light signature has been introduced for the light clusters, and the bumper appears to have been updated too. 


Inside the cabin, the dashboard now exhibits a design reminiscent of Kia's EV lineup. The air vents are integrated into the dash, and the climate controls closely resemble those found in the EV6, as do the dual 12.3-inch displays. 


Notably, the physical shortcut buttons adjacent to the central screen also look to have been ditched. 


Like the current car, the updated Sorento sits on Hyundai/Kia’s N3 platform, so no pure-electric model will arrive. 


The Sorento does however come in various configurations, such as a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 190bhp, or a 1.6-litre petrol hybrid generating 226bhp. 


There's also a plug-in hybrid variant with the same engine coupled with a 13.8kWh battery for 261bhp. Kia has yet to confirm powertrains for the facelifted version, but it’s likely the car will retain them, but perhaps with improved efficiency. 


Pricing also remains unconfirmed for now, though the outgoing Sorento can be had from £49,590 in single “Edition’ guise. The facelifted model is slated to be released next year. 

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Harry Leahey 26/07/23