Updated Kia Sorento Arrives In Frankfurt For Its Public Debut

Visiting Kia’s stand in Frankfurt means checking out not only the spectacular Proceed Concept, but also the facelifted Sorento.

Unveiled in Euro-spec last week, the carmaker’s flagship SUV sports the same visual updates as its Korean sibling, which make it look classier and give it a better chance of keeping up with its Hyundai-badged rival, the Santa Fe.

Exterior revisions include the LED front and rear lighting units, tweaked bumpers on both ends, dark-metallic look grille, and new wheels, up to 19-inch in size. Kia has also upgraded the color palette with two new shades, called Gravity Blue and Rich Espresso.

Additional soft-touch materials and new leather trim have been added to the cabin, while the steering wheel, instrument cluster, and climate control display have been tweaked. Furthermore, smartphone connectivity for Apple and Android users is now part of the offerings, with an 8.0-inch infotainment system on standby.

Buyers can opt for an 8-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the previous 6-speed auto, but only on Sorentos equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel engine.

Also joining the lineup is a new ‘GT Line’ version of the SUV, with additional exterior and interior updates.

Kia will launch the 2018 Sorento in Europe in the coming weeks.

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  • Miknik

    I think the steering wheel looks less attractive, and otherwise there is little change to a nice design. Probably too little given the tough competition…

  • Craig

    KIA sure knows a thing or two about design.

  • TheHake

    Jag headlights?

  • DM

    All clear Euro spec headlamps look way better. The orange markers or turn signals really bug me.

  • THEY NEED TO DITCH THE CHEESY FOUR PIECE BLINKER/FOG LIGHTS.

    • Mill0048

      Aw, but I like ’em. 🙂 I think they add a nice unique touch to their cars. Do you also dislike the 2018 Renault Megane RS fog lights too?

      • NO I DON’T CARE FOR THOSE EITHER.

  • ChizzoLi

    That steering wheel looks so odd and doesn’t fit in that interior.

  • LikeABausss

    I don’t know what kind of magic water they serve at Kia, but man do they know how to design sexy cars.