Kia tease images of new Sorento

Kia have released teaser images for their new third-generation Sorento SUV.

The model, which now features a bold and swept-back exterior aesthetic, is due to be officially unveiled in Korea next month.

With a lower roofline, rounded shoulders and sculpted body surfaces, the new Sorento cuts an altogether more muscular stance on the road.

Combined with a larger ‘tiger-nose’ grille, the new Sorento could be one of the best-looking models in Kia’s lineup yet.

The new Sorento was first hinted at back in March when the Korean carmaker said they were due to turn their attentions to the model after updating the Sportage crossover.

Techical specifications for the new Sorento are still firmly under wraps. However after revealing their new range of Optima hybrid technology at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it’s possible that one of these new power options could make an appearance.

New Kia Sorento Prices

Kia’s current Sorento is priced from £17,495 to £27,395 and comes with a 194bhp 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine and a host of emission-reducing features. With this particular diesel unit, the SUV can travel from a standstill to 60mph in just 9.4 seconds.

Following a facelift in 2012, the most recent updates for the current Kia Sorento included a new grille, new headlamps plus new wheels and bumpers amongst a raft of exterior updates.

Kia also made the Sorento sportier looking and more precise in handling, by lowering it by 10mm and throwing in new suspension and brakes, along with stronger contour lines along the body.

New Kia Sorento Trim Levels

Four trim levels are available, which could be likely to carry over to the next-gen Sorento.

Standard features on the entry-level KX-1 trim level include a leather trimmed steering wheel, a range of multimedia systems and an impressive 1,530 litres of interior storage space.

The KX-2 trim adds automatic wipers, a leather-upholstered instrument panel and a 4.3-inch LCD colour touch-screen with reversing sensors. Stepping up another level, the KX-2 Sat-Nav upgrades the touchscreen to a seven-inch navigation system with European mapping.

Finally, the top of the range KX-3 trim level adds even more luxury equipment features including a panoramic roof, satellite navigation and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The new third-generation Sorento was styled at Kia’s design studios in Korea, Germany and the USA. It’s due to make its global debut in Korea at the end of August, before being revealed to the European market at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.