Facelifted Kia Sorento revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

The Kia Sorento SUV has been refreshed, bringing exterior and interior updates and the addition of a new GT Line trim.

Kia has revealed an updated version of its Sorento SUV, which will debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It will sit alongside a new concept car that previews the next generation Cee’d hatchback.

The SUV’s minor facelift brings reshaped front and rear bumpers, plus new LED headlamps and tail lamps. A darkened version of Kia’s Tiger nose grille and new alloy wheel designs have also been added.

In addition, a new GT Line specification has been introduced which sits at the top of the Sorento range. The changes it brings are purely cosmetic and adds features such as four-lamp LED fog lights, red brake callipers, a more prominent sill step, and GT Line badging.

All models benefit from changes inside where a new steering wheel, updated instrument cluster and revised 8.0-inch navigation system appear. Kia also says it has added new soft touch materials around the cabin to add a more ‘premium’ feel. GT Line models feature quilted black leather seats.

Like before the only engine on offer remains the 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel but it is now available with the option of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox – a first for Kia. It replaces the old six-speed auto and helps reduce CO2 emissions from 172g/km to 159g/km. A six-speed manual gearbox remains available.

Other tech added to the updated Sorento includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a Driver Attention Warning system helps to prevent drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

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