Kia's new Sorento revealed

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 10:50 19/06/2012

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Kia has uncovered its new Sorento SUV only days after pictures of the new model surfaced online.

The South Korean brand's biggest high-rider now boasts a whole new body that sits on new underpinnings shared with sister company Hyundai's upcoming Santa Fe model.

The Sorento – a rival to other seven-seat SUVs such as Toyota's Kluger and Ford's Territory – sees revamped styling and a more streamlined front-end design with LED daytime running lights, bigger fog lights and bigger 19-inch alloy wheels. It's also expected to sit lower than the current model.

Kia says it has also updated the engines for better fuel economy and lower emissions, and as Fairfax Media has previously reported, the new model is expected to carry over the same engines that are currently offered – a 3.5-litre petrol V6 for the front-wheel-drive model and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel in all-wheel-drive. Company sources suggest the new Hyundai-sourced 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine is unlikely to be offered.

Inside, Kia says the new Sorento gains a revised interior with more soft-touch plastics, an LCD instrument cluster and an eight-inch media screen, while top-end models are expected to have a powered cargo blind in the boot and a larger panoramic glass roof.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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