2015 Kia Sorento: First Photos and Details Revealed

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Ahead of the model's official debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year, Kia has revealed the first tech and design facts about the all-new Sorento SUV. The Korean company's VP of overseas marketing promises it will "surprise customers" though features, interior space, comfort and handling.
The all-new generation looks like a visible improvement over its predecessor, although it's not as radical as we originally expected. In line with modern times, the grille is one of the most prominent elements, connected directly to the swept back headlights, much like on a BMW X5.

Kia assures us the 3D diamond pattern of its mesh will look really nice in person, as will the multitude of LEDs on the car. Down the side, things have been toned down to Volvo levels with the exception of a couple of creases in the lower part of the door and a downward sloping greenhouse. The rear end design is aimed at maximizing cargo space, so the only frills are a boot spoiler and the large taillights, which look like they have six mean looking eyes.

The exterior design of the new Sorento belongs to the Namyang design studio in Korea with help being received from Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California. It should appeal to American buyers, who might also appreciate the increase in size.

At 4,780mm long, the Sorento has grown by 95mm between the bumpers. Most of that is due to the 80mm longer wheelbase (now 2780 mm), which should bring benefits for the passengers. Both dimensions are almost the same as its sister model, the Hyundai (Grand) Santa Fe 7-seater, though it's unclear if the two will share powertrains or platforms.

Our verdict: The all-new Sorento looks big and understated. We might even use the word "boring".

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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