KIA Motors have released details of the 2018 KIA Sorento that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor show and will be reaching European customers by the fourth quarter of this year.

In a major external design rejig the car is made to look beefier and more European SUV than before. New LED headlight treatment matches the provision of a new grille, bonnet with deep formlines and the inclusion of the square stacked LED foglights of the GT-line KIA’s.

The rear, with its skid plate , new LED taillights and integrated tailgate design, captures the feel of a premium SUV. The profile is characterised by a strong shoulderline running through the handles, a rising glass area and a strong chromed beltline.

The interiors have also been redesigned with the 2017 look of the smaller cars coming into it, albeit with an 8″ console.

The other significant talking point is the move to an eight-speed auto gearbox, which will be available in Europe with the 2.2-litre diesel. Expect the Sorento to offer the more traditional choices of petrol engines when it comes in the region (hopefully with a turbocharged unit as well).

The new transmission offers four different drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart. Drivers can select their preferred mode with the Sorento’s electronic Drive Mode Select system. Each mode enables the driver to customise the powertrain’s responses to driver inputs, enhancing fuel economy or acceleration characteristics depending on driver preference. The Drive Mode Select also adapts the weight of the rack-mounted power steering system, for more relaxed or more immediate, engaging steering responses. The new Smart Mode is designed to understand and anticipate the driver’s steering preferences, automatically switching between Eco, Comfort and Sport modes.

As mentioned, the Sorento will also feature a GT-line (seen in the images).

Features offered on the Sorento will now include Driver Attention Warning, KIA connected services by TomTom (market dependant) and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Top of the line sound system now includes a 640W, 10-speaker Harmon/Kardon system with Clari-Fi.

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