New model sports a more rugged-looking exterior, with design elements taken from the company's other crossovers.
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The next-generation Kia Sorento has been photographed again without a scintilla of disguise, but this latest batch of photos taken by our spy photography agency are perfectly sharp and in high resolution.

Although this car is wearing Korean licence plates, the video shoot is clearly taking place somewhere in the US.

The fourth-generation Kia Sorento has a much more angular design than today's vehicle. Up front, the new model draws inspiration from the Seltos, and has slender rectangular headlights and driving lights flowing into a sharply-creased black mesh "tiger nose" grille.

Along the side we can see the new model has flagpole-style wing mirrors, and a window graphic livened up by a chrome wedge on the C-pillar, similar to the one employed by the ProCeed shooting brake.

At the rear, the vertical design of the tail-lights and prominent Sorento lettering serve to link the crossover to the even-larger Telluride model sold in North America.

The drivetrain options for the new model are unknown at this stage, but we probably aren't too far away from an official launch. Kia Australia has confirmed the new Sorento will arrive in local showrooms from the third quarter of 2020.

Leaked images published last week show the new Sorento will have a tougher-looking cabin with a free-standing widescreen infotainment display, a rotary controller for the transmission, and plenty of faux metal trim.

Just in case you've forgotten what the current Sorento looks like, we've include a few photos below.

Launched globally in 2015, the third-generation crossover is available locally with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel.


Below: the Sorento in its current third-generation form