The European version of the big Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle has decided a new set of “clothes” is in order, and it’s decidedly ready to show them in front of the audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

At home in South Korea the model has already received a welcomed refresh, so it’s only natural the regional versions follow suite. The mid-cycle facelift brings limited changes to the overall exterior design, a nip and tuck that brings new graphics for the headlights and taillights, while the bumpers have also been subjected to subtle modifications. More important novelties include the addition of a new, sporty-inspired GT Line trim, while underneath the metal resides a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Kia’s corporate “tiger nose” grille has been finished dark metallic, and there are also two new exterior colors – Rich Espresso or Gravity Blue.

2018 Kia Sorento facelift to bow in Frankfurt 2

The sporty GT Line comes with four-point LED fog lights, red brake calipers, and a slightly more aggressive body styling – with the diesel owners also get chromed dual exhaust tips. The seven seat SUV’s cabin packs a new steering wheel, a tweaked instrument cluster, a new display for the HVAC (climate) controls, as well as the company’s latest version of the infotainment system with 8-inch display, TomTom services and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay integration.

2018 Kia Sorento facelift to bow in Frankfurt 3

There is also additional leather and more soft-touch plastics inside, along with an optional Harman Kardon sound system, full-LED adaptive headlights as well as an upgraded range of safety and assistance systems. The most important technical novelty is the addition of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, bundled with the 2.2-liter diesel to cut CO2 emissions from 172 to 159 g/km.


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