Kia has released these exclusive pictures of the next generation Kia Sorento SUV
The new 64 plate Kia Sorento has taken its new looks from the Kia Cross GT concept car that was shown at the 2013 Chicago Motor Show. Its lengthened bonnet and wider pillars are from the current generation Mk2 Sorento, although the new Kia Sorento has a larger grille and headlamps that sweep back into the wings for a better look of motion.
This third generation model of the Kia Sorento SUV dynasty has been unveiled by Kia. Due to go on sale sometime in 2015 and is due for an official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the Sorento will renew Kia’s challenge in the family-sized SUV sector.
Previous spy shots of the Sorento have been published around the internet for a while as well as the recently released sketches of the exterior and interior of the car but these are official pictures released by Kia themselves and show the new Kia Sorento in all its glory.
Kia are claiming that this new-generation Sorento will "raise the bar in luxury thanks to a modern, wrap-around dashboard, high quality soft-touch materials and a a range of advanced on-board technologies." However, engine details, trim levels and specifications remain unclear.
The practical aspect of the new Kia Sorento has been a major priority and hasn’t taken a back seat with a new sleeker 7 seat version designed to be very pleasing on the eyes. This Kia Sorento is 95mm longer than the current generation car at 4,780mm, with much of that growth absorbed within the wheelbase that is 80mm up at 2,780mm. This produces a little more space for passengers in all of the new Kia Sorento’s three rows of seats. The car is also 15mm lower now with the overall height coming in at 1,685mm.
As mentioned previously, the engine options are a little sketchy at best, but we expect Kia will include a 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel and a new hybrid combo aimed at non diesel markets. Prices are expected to start at around £27,000 when it hits the shelves here in the UK next year on the new 15 plate.