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Kia Sorrento 2013 model unveiled

Much more than just a facelift for the big Kia...

For 2013, Kia has decided to give the Sorento Crossover/SUV a makeover that goes more than sking deep. The new model may look only mildly freshened up, but Kia have re-engineered the bodysheell to make it stronger and lighter, which results in improved fuel economy, lower emissions and better ride and handling.

The exterior of the facelifted Sorento features redesigned front and rear bumpers following the angular theme seen on the new Cee’d, headlamps with DRL LEDs and a redesigned tailgate with LED rear lights. There is also a wider choice of wheels including 19-inch alloys for those who really want to show off and ruin their ride.

The interior has also been improved with new materials, an LCD instrument cluster, new centre 7-inch display screen, a larger panoramic sunroof and a new centre console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission models. Offered as a five- or seven-seat model, upholstery comes in either black or beige cloth or leather.

"Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world. 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," commented Thomas Oh, Kia's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Business Division. "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."

Specifications and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Images courtesy of Kia

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more