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2013 Kia Sorento gets an upgrade

Kia targets best-in-class fuel economy for its mid-range CUV

Published: June 18, 2012, 3:00 PM

2013 Kia Sorento

Kia's 2013 Sorento crossover utility vehicle (CUV) will feature significant improvements when it goes on sale later this year.

Changes include a re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrains, improved ride, handling and refinement, additional convenience and safety features, and a refresh exterior appearance. In addition, the company says it is targeting for best-in-class fuel economy.

"Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world," said Thomas Oh, Kia's Executive Vice President & COO of the International Business Division. "We have given very careful attention to owners' feedback, and the upgraded Sorento is not just a cosmetic exercise but a major step forward for our popular CUV."

Appearance changes include new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new bumpers (front and rear) with vertical-axis fog lights and a larger area of body-color surface, and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter (19-inch) alloys.

Inside the five or seven-seater cabin, there are more soft-touch surfaces plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new centre stack with 8-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-booted lever on automatic transmission.

The Sorento's black or beige, cloth or leather interior can be exposed to the light via a larger optional panoramic sunroof with no centre cross beam and a powered blind.