The Kia Sorento is receiving a mid-life replace, and the model has confirmed it’s due in Australia in the second half of 2023.

Spy photos have depicted Sorento prototypes with unchanged facet styling however camouflaged entrance and rear ends. We could make out, nonetheless, new vertically oriented headlights in the vein of the Telluride and the upcoming flagship EV9 SUV.

The tail lights seem largely unchanged, although could characteristic revised graphics and might be linked with a du jour mild bar. There will even be the seemingly mid-cycle beauty updates like a refreshed grille and bumpers and new wheel designs.

Expect adjustments in the up to date Sorento’s cabin, largely centred round show expertise and a much less cluttered dashboard.

A quasi-wraparound meeting encompassing the digital instrument cluster and infotainment shows has already appeared in the smaller Seltos and Sportage, the latter supplied with a bigger 12.3-inch central touchscreen. The up to date Telluride includes a comparable setup, and we’re anticipating the identical right here.

The Sorento at present tops out with a ten.25-inch touchscreen, although in GT-Line trim it additionally boasts a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Kia has already confirmed all up to date and new-generation fashions will gain Kia Connect.

A mix of each reside providers and a smartph one app, Kia Connect makes use of an onboard modem and Optus SIM.

We’re additionally anticipating Kia to de-clutter the dashboard fascia, as we’ve seen with the likes of the EV6 and Sportage. The media and HVAC controls might be mixed right into a capacitive contact bar, with bodily switchgear pared again.

Given the Sorento’s flagship standing for Kia on a worldwide stage – the Telluride is unique to markets like North America and the Middle East – we might additionally anticipate to see new Hyundai Motor Group expertise and/or extra luxurious options like ventilated second-row seating and tri- or quad-zone local weather management.

Depending in the marketplace, we might additionally see issues like Matrix LED headlight expertise – the brand new Sportage now provides this in Europe.

The present fourth-generation Kia Sorento launched globally in 2020, and provides a variety of powertrains relying on market.

Australia is likely one of the few markets the place a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre V6 is obtainable, with different markets providing each naturally aspirated and turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines.

The Australian-market Sorento can also be accessible with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, in addition to turbocharged 1.6-litre hybrid and plug-in hybrid four-cylinder powertrains.

Given the diesel is offered in Europe, it might be in line to get a 48V mild-hybrid system as we’ve seen in different Kia fashions in the area. It’s unclear whether or not this tech would make it to Australia.

The Sorento’s facelift could give it a bolder, extra imposing look that additionally helps align it with Kia’s different SUVs, whereas additionally conserving it recent in opposition to the rival Hyundai Santa Fe.

A brand new technology of Santa Fe is set to be revealed this year with radically totally different styling, throwing out the curves of the present automobile for a bluff, boxy physique.

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