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by Tim Beissmann

The 2013 Kia Sorento facelift has been spotted almost completely undisguised just weeks out from its official unveiling.

First published by Kia World website, the image of the upgraded Sorento reveals the large SUV’s refreshed front-end styling, which benefits from cleaner, clear-lens headlights; a sleeker, more sophisticated grille; vertical fog lights; and a reshaped bumper and bonnet.

Earlier spy shots revealed the 2013 Sorento will also get mild revisions to the side panels, tail-lights and rear bumpers in what will be the car’s first visual update since the second-generation model launched in 2009. The refreshed cabin should also introduce some minor design enhancements and higher quality surfaces and materials.

As we reported late last month, the biggest changes will take place under the skin, however, with the upgraded Sorento to ride on an all-new platform that it will share with the all-new third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe.

Engineers from Kia Australia have been fine-tuning the new Sorento’s suspension set-up to improve its ride quality and handling ability on local roads.

The Sorento’s existing petrol and diesel engines are expected to carry over, potentially with minor upgrades to improve power and fuel efficiency.

The 2013 Kia Sorento will go on sale in Australia later this year following its debut at the 2012 Sydney motor show in October.

Specifications and prices will be revealed closer to its local launch.

Read CarAdvice’s 2012 Kia Sorento review.




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