We've seen a couple sets of spy shots starring the next-generation Kia Sorento crossover, but thanks to the folks at Kia-World.net, we now have our first clear glimpse of the CUV's new fascia sans camouflage. It's certainly not a radical departure from the Sorento that was once touted as Kia's best-selling vehicle in the United States, but we must say, it's handsome.
The refreshed Sorento uses a headlight and grille design that mimics the attractive Optima sedan, though when combined with upright foglamps flanking either side of the lower fascia, the whole package is looks more refined and upscale rather than sporty and aggressive. We expect the rear end to get a freshening-up, as well, along with other enhancements like new alloy wheels, LED running lamps and redesigned mirrors.

It's still unclear exactly when the updated Sorento will debut, though Kia-World.net reports that the new crossover will go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2012. That said, we wouldn't be surprised to see the refreshed Sorento make a Los Angeles or Detroit debut.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow those are some ugly fog lamps! Doesn't even match the rest of the front end styling. They also seem to be over-using that exact same grille & headlight design. When it first came out it was nice, but now it's getting over used and looking a bit un-inspiring at this point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks upscale... looks handsome. Kia will sell a lot of these before the completely new Sorento comes out... which is very soon. I am waiting for that one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel sorry for the spy photographer, who had to wake up at 4am, and sit in bushes waiting to see a humdrum cuv...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe they paid him good money in advance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Current one looks better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lexus should be flattered. I see a LOT of RX influence.
      • 3 Years Ago
      now.... that's ugly... should have kept it how it is now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not much of a difference but I like the current front-end better. This update seems slightly toned down and loses some of its muscularity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a letdown. after the dramatic santa fe refresh, I was expecting a great looking Sorento
        • 3 Years Ago
        The dramatic Santa Fe "refresh" is a new model. This is just a face-lifted Sorento.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gross fog lamps!
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oops, someone put a second set of headlights in the fascia and turned them sideways. A slim LED strip would have done wonders. What a bad move.
      • 3 Years Ago
      how exciting!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who tests crossovers from Korea on the Nurgergring? Or is that not the track?
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are screwing around with a turbocharged 3.3L direct injected V6 with AWD. There isn't a single firm plan in place to put that drivetrain in production, but that may have been it. Notice the somewhat meaty tires in the 'ring shots.
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