The first official photos of the all-new Kia Sorento are now available and they show a vehicle that features a striking and more mature appearance with bold and swept-back styling and sophisticated surface detailing.

The new look of the Kia Sorento is an evolution of the current vehicle, incorporating fresh visual elements inspired by the Kia Cross GT concept that debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, carrying over the long bonnet and the distinctive treatment of the wide D-pillars from the previous generation. The exterior style has been created by Kia's Namyang design studio in Korea but significant levels of input were received from the Kia studios, based in Frankfurt and California, USA.

Soon-Nam Lee, Vice President of Overseas Marketing, Kia Motors Corp., said, "While we have retained the name based on the tremendous success of the current model, the all-new Sorento has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, and promises to surprise customers with its thoroughly updated styling, a host of new convenience and safety technologies, as well as enhanced space, driving comfort and handling response."

The new car is 95 mm longer and reaches 4,780 mm. At the same time it is 15 mm shorter, down to 1,685 mm, while the 80 mm longer wheelbase, now 2,780 mm, gives passengers more space in all three seat rows.

The all-new Sorento will be showcased in Korea in late August and the European premiere of the vehicle is scheduled for October, 2 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Sales are expected to commence in spring 2015.

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Source: Kia