Here it is: the 2014 Kia Sorento. And to no one's surprise, it's no different than what we've seen in the slow striptease of spy shots. That's not a bad thing, though. The updated Sorento's new front fascia, redesigned alloy wheels and freshened rear end look good, and they certainly fall in line with what Kia has done to its latest crop of new products.

Like the current Sorento, Kia will offer its top-selling crossover in both five- and seven-passenger configurations. As of this writing, it's unclear whether or not the interior has been significantly upgraded in terms of materials or design – Kia's European site debuting only the trio of exterior images you see here – though the press release mentions things like a new LCD instrument cluster, a revised center stack with a seven-inch display and a "more luxurious character." Likewise, no new powertrain details have been divulged at this time. Here in the United States, we expect both four- and six-cylinder engines to be on tap.

We'll have more details when the Sorento makes its official U.S. debut in the not-too-distant future. For now, scroll down for Kia's official press blast.
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Major improvements for upgraded Kia Sorento

- Fresh, new look exterior with LED lights and 19-inch alloy wheels
- Extensive range of new convenience and safety technologies

Frankfurt, 18 June, 2012 – Kia's hugely successful Sorento SUV will receive a host of significant improvements when the new upgraded model goes on sale later this year in most markets. Significant changes include a re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy with lower emissions, improved ride, handling and refinement, additional convenience and safety features, plus a fresh, new look for the exterior.

"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 US, attracting over 130,000 US 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 & COO of the International Busines Division. "We have given very careful attention to owners' feedback, and the upgraded Sorento is not just a comstic exercise but a major step forward for our popular SUV."

Kia's designers have created new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights and a larger area of body-color surface, and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter (19-inch) alloys.

Inside the five or seven-seater cabin, there are more soft-touch surfaces plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new centre stack with 7-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission models – reinforcing the vehicle's more luxurious character. Offered in black or beige cloth or leather, the interior can be bathed in natural light through a larger optional panoramic sunroof with no centre cross beam and a powered blind.


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      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure I'm much of a fan of this refresh. It seems like they're trying to play safe now by toning it down and making the style softer and less bold. I like how it currently is.
      Chip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. That's groundbreaking.
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        reattadudes
        • 2 Years Ago
        perhaps its time to flip over that calendar. 1988 ended a long time ago. sorry you had those problems with your '87 Excel, but all engines require oil every now and then. and DO let us know which Korean cars (and don't forget it's NOT 1988!!) are "unreliable". I guess that "unreliability" is what gives Hyundai one of the highest owner loyalties in the industry.
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          Spent a weekend and about 1200 miles with an 09 Elantra w. probably 30k miles on it. Numb steering, scary handling (too stiff suspension with this tall, tippy feeling), not smooth motor, cheap interior, average fuel economy. Awful car.
          Darius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          Yeah a far cry from the new and awarded 2013 Elantra...
          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          1988? More like 2008.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        Weird. This is copy/paste of what Invisiblog, Unlimited Wrangler, Mary Keane, and all of his various scrreennames have said in the past. Get a life, Guy.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Darius
        • 2 Years Ago
        You gladly go ahead and pay $20k more for those two then ok :-)
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Front almost looks like a first generation Ford Edge without the 3 bar grille. Honestly not impressed but no Hyundai or Kia really does so business as usual!
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      The chassis is 100 kg lighter & structurally enhanced for better handling performance & ride( Nurburing testing pics...) . Well done kia.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
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          Keldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          "This is a car enthusiast's website, and no true car enthusiasts can ever like how Hyundais drive and handle. Great reasoning. That's like saying all true car enthusiasts LOVE the way all BMWs look.
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          Hector David Salinas
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well perhaps neither my wife Tucson or my Santa Fe doesnt drive like a porsche or a BMW M3,but you know what, we like them. We never set out to buy a hyundai, we wanted/needed a car and we got a great deal from a relative. But they have turned to be great cars, actually excellent cars. Honestly, I have never driven a porsche so I don't know how a true sports cars drives, but I have driven a lot of mundane every day cars, and my Hyundais drive as good if not better than any of those. So yes I like hyundai... I hope I am still welcomed here.
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          FreezingInferno Last time I checked, Hyundai was an "auto". This isn't "DouchebagVehicleBlog"
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          So people should be allowed to comment only if they're irritating fanboys with an ax to grind like you? Good to know.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      liked it better before
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nope
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really don't like those fog lights at all . They are just the wrong shape and look really out of place .
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really don't like those fog lights at all . They are just the wrong shape and look really out of place .
      Lucid
      • 2 Years Ago
      So many trolling fanboys with an agenda. So pathetic.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucid
        Looks like it's just one guy actually, possibly with a couple of sock puppets so it appears as though people are agreeing with him.
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