We've seen the spy shots (twice) and we've seen the teaser images, but now Kia has finally revealed the finished form of its upcoming new Sorento crossover.

Taking some styling cues from the Kia Cross GT concept from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but with better proportions, the new Sorento packs a more pronounced grille in an altogether more aggressive (though not necessarily better-looking) front end than the model it replaces. Sheet metal is more sculpted all around, and despite the wrap-around taillights, the rear end looks familiar.

The new Sorento stretches 3.7-inches longer overall, on a 3-inch longer wheelbase, but sits half an inch lower, promising more interior space and of course updated equipment and features. The Eco Dynamics badge on the tailgate suggests the availability of green tech like stop/start ignition and such. Kia will reveal the new Sorento in Korea later this month ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
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Kia reveals first official photos of third generation Sorento

(SEOUL) August 11, 2014 – First photos of the all-new Kia Sorento released today confirm that the third generation of the popular SUV will feature a new look, with bold, swept-back styling and sophisticated surface detailing.

Longer, lower and wider, with an extended wheelbase, the new Sorento builds on the success of the outgoing model, delivering a premium look and feel, with more space and numerous innovative features.

With the brand's hallmark design features and a more mature appearance, the new model is instantly recognizable as a Sorento. The new look is an evolution of the current vehicle, incorporating fresh visual elements inspired by the Kia Cross GT concept that debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, carrying over the long bonnet and the distinctive treatment of the wide D-pillars from the previous generation.

The exterior styling of the new Sorento was led by Kia's Namyang design studio in Korea, with significant levels of input from the brand's Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California design studios.

The front of new Sorento features a larger, more upright 'tiger-nose' grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, and long, swept-back headlamps. The lower roofline, higher beltline and more muscular, rounded shoulders at the rear give the car a dramatic appearance.

The sleeker look is enhanced by an increase in length (+95 mm to 4,780 mm)* and a 15 mm reduction in height (down to 1,685 mm), while the 80 mm longer wheelbase (now 2,780 mm) ensures more passenger space in all three seat rows.

Soon-Nam Lee, Vice President of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corp., said, "While we have retained the name based on the tremendous success of the outgoing model, the all-new Sorento has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, and promises to surprise customers with its thoroughly updated styling, a host of new convenience and safety technologies, as well as enhanced space, driving comfort and handling response."

The all-new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea in late August and make its European premiere on Thursday 2 October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


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      Maderadura
      • 4 Months Ago

      Um....Where are the KiaCross styling cues again? Are you just cutting and pasting the press release?

        cpmanx
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Maderadura

        Of course they are. That's the Autoblog way.

      r3bman
      • 4 Months Ago

      Inoffensively handsome. Won't stand out anywhere. Nearly all CUV/SUVs in this segment look like first cousins.

      Leather Bear
      • 4 Months Ago

      Where was Peter Schreyer when this thing was green-lit (green-lighted?)?  Say what you will about performance and dynamics vs. their competitors, recent Kias under his guidance (current Optima, Sportage, European Cee'd, etc.) are quite striking from a design standpoint.  This Sorento, not so much.

      skoobey
      • 4 Months Ago

      Yawn! Blend of Volvo and Acura, boring generic and dated looking. Kia needs exciting design, as they don't have the quality to rely on.

        Syracuse123
        • 4 Months Ago
        @skoobey

        I thought the exact same thing. Volvo front end, Acura MDX side view...and almost a direct theft of each.

        The Sorrento has aping other vehicles for its entire existence....(starting the with old Lexus RX300), and Peter Sheyer began going after Acura when he came on board. The front end of the 2G Sorrento was the front of the 1G Acura TSX, right down to the headlight and turn signal details.

        Shameless copying, especially for a talented design group.

      Tezcan Bircan
      • 4 Months Ago
      Is this new Volvo?
        Justin
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Tezcan Bircan

        Yeah definitely has a Volvo look to it, not a bad thing though. 

      John
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm so confused. Didn't they just introduce a new one a year or so ago, which looked just like the old one, but they kept calling "all new?" This one looks much more wagon-y, with quite a bit of Acura in the profile.

      usa1
      • 4 Months Ago

      The bigger grills on the newer Kias are oddly less distinctive than the old ones.  I don't like the trend.  

      cpmanx
      • 4 Months Ago

      The sad truth is that the midsize CUV market is not very receptive to creativity. Combine that with the intense restrictions posed by modern crash standards and packaging requirements, and there really aren't that many ways for Kia to slice the box.

      Within those modest expectations, the new Sorento seems like a solid design. It looks slightly more muscular and more unified than the current one, with some pleasant front detailing and side sculpting. Nothing remarkable, but also nothing offensive--unlike the Pathfinder and Highlander it will be cross-shopped against.

      Then again, in this segment interior layout matters more than exterior style. I'll reserve full judgment until I see what lurks inside.

      Christopher
      • 4 Months Ago

      Those headlights and the way they meet with the grill screams X5 and really any modern BMW. The lower front fog lamp surround is all Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (of all things). Side view is completely Acura MDX most notably the window surround. Tail lamps finish it off with a nice take on the Grand Cherokee's. All in all not a bad mesh of vehicles to merge together. However, it leaves the overall look somewhat less cohesive than any of the aforementioned vehicles.

        BB79826
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Christopher

        It's an evolution of the existing Sorento. Nothing more. The front looks like most of the rest of the Kias, i.e. original and not ugly. And you honestly think the MDX looks cohesive?  On what planet?

      heisenberg
      • 4 Months Ago

      I do not care what anybody says. It is perfect!!! Kia has perfect match between quality and price. I am not going to wait for 2016 Pilot anymore! I am pretty sure everithing more expensive does not worth the price.

      IBx27
      • 4 Months Ago

      Coming soon to a clogged left lane near you.

        tenspeeder
        • 4 Months Ago
        @IBx27

        I thought the clogged left lanes were reserved for Prius?

      tenspeeder
      • 4 Months Ago

      Looks like the new Sedona nose grafted onto the same ole Sorento design that has been around for a decade. I thought by now we'd see Kia make a major style direction change with this vehicle, but I suppose since it is still selling well with incentives.......

        Muttons
        • 4 Months Ago
        @tenspeeder

        I felt the same way.  Their minivan looks better.  I usually love Kia's styling but this looks dated.  You never want your all new car to look like a refresh.

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