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North American markets are set to enjoy a minor update to the popular Kia Sorento, with the Korean SUV now sporting an updated interior and more features.

Although cosmetically it appears to have remained unchanged in North America (for the time being), Kia Australia is expected to release a proper facelifted Sorento in the second half of this year, but details of that update are still under wraps.

We believe the range topping Platinum variants will gain the much-loved LED daytime running lamps (as seen in these spy photos) to fit in with the Platinum Sportage, Optima and Rio.

We already know that satnav will be available in the Sorento Platinum variants later this month so it’s fair to assume the facelifted models will also carry that feature through (or perhaps even offer satnav on the mid-spec model as standard kit). Details of any powertrain changes are still unknown.

The current Kia Sorento, which went on sale in 2009, was the first major new-generation Kia model to feature the Korean brand’s new design identity and as such is also the first to get an update.

Kia Australia currently holds a 2.5 percent marketshare in the large SUV segment with around 200 Sorento sales a month. The segment is dominated by the Toyota Kluger, Prado and Ford Territory.

The Kia Sorento’s sister car, the Hyundai Santa Fe, will see an all new model release in the near future with the company having unveiled a concept before its official debut at April’s New York motor show.

*note: North American models pictured here with a bodykit which is unavailable in Australia.




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