Second Kia Sorento teaser image released

Another teaser image of the new Kia Sorento has surfaced.

Last week, Kia released images of the new third-generation Sorento’s bodywork, and this time it’s offered a sneak peek inside the cabin.

According to the carmaker, the latest iteration of the popular SUV will “raise the bar in luxury” with a modern, wrap-around dashboard, high quality materials and a range of advanced on-board technology.

Interior styling for the Sorento was led by the brand’s team of designers in Germany, who took cues from modern Swiss watches as an influence during the design phase.

Along with the sharp new styling, the new cabin will feature a high amount of soft-touch materials, including leather and stitching.

Human-machine interface

Kia’s latest HMI human-machine interfacewill also be included, along with a large infotainment screen nestled in the centre of the dashboard.

Continuing the new Sorento’s theme of long and swept-back lines, the cabin interior will be similarly designed to optimise driver and passenger space and to emphasise the roominess of the larger cabin.

The exterior of the new model features a bold now aesthetic, with a lower roofline, rounded shoulder and sculpted body surfaces to cut a more muscular stance on the road.

Combined with a larger ‘tiger-nose’ grille, designed by Peter Schreyer, the new Sorento could be one of the best-looking models in Kia’s line-up yet.

The new Sorento model was first hinted at back in March when the South Korean carmaker said it would turn its attentions to the model after giving the Sportage crossover a similar update.

Optima hybrid technology

While technical specifications for the new Sorento are still firmly under wraps, Kia revealed its new range of Optima hybrid technology at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

With the debut of the new eco-friendly hybrid tech, it’s possible that one of these new power options could make it into the Sorento.

Kia’s new third-generation Sorento was styled jointly between the marque’s design studios in South Korea, Germany and the USA.

The new model is due to make its global debut in Korea at the end of this month, before being officially revealed to the European market at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.