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Kia Sorento gets 2012 update

Revised engines for large Kia 4x4

Kia will launch an upgraded version of its Sorento off-roader this autumn. The new car will feature a host of styling, chassis and engine revisions.

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New Sorento styling

The new Sorento’s design is tidier than the car it replaces, with a simpler front grille, plus new bumpers and rear valance. LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels complete the styling changes.

Inside the cabin, the car gets an LCD instrument cluster and a seven-inch information display. Both cloth and leather upholstery, in beige or black, will be available, with the option of a panoramic glass roof depending on seating configuration.

Five- and seven-seat models

The Sorento will be based on an all-new platform, rumoured to be around 100kg lighter than the current car. And, as now, it will be available in five- and seven-seat forms.

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Trim levels will be simplified to 1, 2, 3, and 4 – although Kia is yet to reveal exact specifications.

Revised engines

It is likely that the new Sorento will get an updated range of engines, including a retuned version of the current car’s 192bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel. The existing engine yields decent efficiency and returned 39.2mpg during our lab tests, 3.6mpg shy of Kia’s claim.

CO2 emissions of 177g/km currently mean £215 car tax (VED), but the reduction in weight should improve this slightly.

Expect UK-specific pricing and specifications closer to the autumn launch.

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