Though not too dramatic a difference, a keen-eyed photographer managed to spot an almost completely exposed 2014 Kia Sorento driving around South Korea. Most would likely miss the differences if not for the large piece of black vinyl covering its sides. But there’s plenty enough to differentiate the 2014 Sorento from earlier iterations.
In the new model, the front bumper has been completely reworked to give it a lower, smaller look. Gray plastic has been placed at the bottom of the bumper, and its fog lights have been moved from a horizontal to a vertical position. The 2014 Kia Sorento’s headlights and grille have also been changed to more closely resemble those from the Kia Optima midsize sedan. A new flat-plane, 10-spoke wheel design complements the package. It should be noted U.S.-bound models will likely have more amber in their headlights, as is mandated by the federal government.
Overall, we can expect changes to the Kia Sorento to keep it up to date with a fresh interior look and redesigned tail lights, among other features unseen here, tiding the Kia midsize crossover over until its full redesign some years after the 2014 model year. Although first sold in South Korea in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento was first built and sold in North America in 2010 as a 2011 model. Given an expected seven-year model cycle, a completely new is likely to bow in Sorento 2016 or so.
However, if you’re looking at the Sorento before then and were wondering when an updated model would come out and what it would look like, wonder no more. This Kia Sorento prototype looks to be a good bet for what you can expect.
Source: Kia World