A development prototype is said to have been improved Kia Sorento was tracked for the first time in Europe.
Expected to launch in the second half of 2023, this well-camouflaged prototype shows a rather heavy preview, including new front and rear lighting systems, as well as bumper designs and modified alloy wheels.
From the limited look we have, it looks like the new Sorento will have vertically oriented headlights and daytime running lights that are suited for the larger US market. Telluride as well as coming EV9 tram.
The rear appears to be a more subdued revision, possibly limited to redesigned taillight graphics and a revised bumper, but there could be bigger changes under the wrap of the plate. black fabric and fake body panels.
Our scouting photographers speculate the Sorento could get a full-width LED taillight bar at the rear, as we’ve seen on the updated Seltos as well as EV6.
Filling the arches are alloy wheels partially camouflaged in a turbine-like design, which could indicate that the Korean marque is working on a range of more gas-efficient rim designs. under the name of fuel economy and in the case of the plug-in hybrid. model, more power.
Expect some changes in the cabin, though not quite as dramatically as the exterior upgrade.
Given Sorento’s leading position with Kia on a global level, the Sorento will receive a host of new features and technologies seen elsewhere in the Hyundai/Kia lineup, including an infotainment system. larger 12.3-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated second row seats. , and maybe even a third or fourth area of climate control.
Depending on the market, we could see things like Matrix LED headlight tech – the new Sportage is now offering this in Europe – as well as new interior trim and an updated steering wheel design.
The current fourth-generation Kia Sorento makes its global debut in 2020 and offers a range of powertrains depending on the market.
In Australia, Sorento offers four-cylinder turbo-diesel V6 petrol engines, as well as four-cylinder turbocharged petrol hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.
Korea and North America also have a naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol model, which is currently only made in left-hand drive and is not available for our market. Europe and the UK rely heavily on hybrid models, with diesel engines also available.
The mid-life refresh is believed to bring performance improvements depending on the market, though these details will be confirmed closer to launch. These updates will likely be Euro-focused, which means we could see the availability of 48V mild hybrid technology, meaning Europe and UK powertrain lines will both be electrified. gasification to some extent.
As mentioned earlier, the refreshed Kia Sorento is expected to be revealed in the second half of 2023 as a 2024 model, which means there is still about a year left from its launch.
If that timeline is accurate, expect an Australian to arrive very late in 2023 or early 2024, coinciding with the 2024 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam in January.
While Australian details won’t be confirmed for a while, we expect a similar engine line-up to continue – meaning petrol, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. – as well as the addition Kia Connect online serviceas the company’s local branch has confirmed that it will be rolling out the connected product suite with upgrades or new model generations.
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