This follows a subtle refresh in 2012, with Kia confirming that an official reveal has been scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. That means a Paris Motor Show unveil in October is likely.
Although virtually every panel’s been hidden from prying eyes in our pictures, several new features and tweaks can be picked out. The front wears a reshaped grille – similar to that of the new Optima – flanked by a pair of raked-back lights. Heavy bonnet and rear cladding point towards a more shapely design, to help break up the boxy SUV proportions.
Styling changes aside, it’s also clear that the Sorento has grown in size, with Kia confirming the new model will ride on an all-new platform shared with the next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe. A slight increase in wheelbase and overall length will also significantly improve second and third-row passenger space.
Although unconfirmed, a batch of hybrid powertrains could also find their way into the new Sorento, after Kia unveiled the hybrid tech for its next-generation models at 2014’s Geneva Motor Show. Currently, Kia offers the Sorento with only one engine, a 194bhp 2.2-litre CRDi diesel, with either a six-speed manual or an auto.
There are no specific tech details on future engines, but Kia has confirmed both diesel and petrol emissions could be cut by up to 15 per cent. As well as reduced running costs, the mild hybrid system will also boost power output by up to 20 per cent with an electric supercharger. Expect to see a new seven-speed dual-clutch box, too.
Official pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the new Sorento should cost from around £27,000.