2018 Kia Sorento to debut in Frankfurt

New transmission and styling tweaks for Kia’s large SUV

It was our Car of the Year in 2015 and again impressed me in a recent week behind the wheel of the Kia Sorento, now Kia’s seven-seat large SUV is in line for some tweaks.

Set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Kia Europe has just confirmed the following changes are being made to the Sorento:

New Transmission

The big change is the introduction of a new eight-speed automatic transmission in the diesel-powered Sorento.

The new transmission replaces the previous seven-speed unit and is promising slick-shifting, a more decisive drive, and slightly reduced emissions.

Exterior styling tweaks

Including revised front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights and tail-lights, fresh alloy wheel designs, and a new dark metallic finish to the grille.

New Paint Colours

Joining the Sorento paint palette for MY18 will be Rich Espresso and Gravity Blue (as seen above).

Interior Changes

On the inside of the updated Sorento will be a new-look steering wheel, and updated climate control LCD display.

There’s also an updated sat-nav system, and the welcome addition of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Buyers, in Europe at least, will also be able to tick the box for an optional Harman/Kardon premium sound system in their new Sorento.

Kia has also added in more soft touch materials and leather, and there’s a new two-tone trim option coming online.

New Safety Tech

Kia has confirmed a Driver Attention Warning system would be added to SUV, the system aims to help combat distracted or drowsy driving.

While other new safety features will include Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, and full LED headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light.

The boss of Kia in Europe, Michael Cole, tells us the changes take the popular offering up another notch.

“The current Sorento has a broad appeal among buyers, with a combination of high practicality, handsome design, and good value.

“The upgrades all add to the appeal of the car and will ensure sales remain strong.”

We will bring you details on Australian availability of the updated 2018 Kia Sorento as they come to hand.

Stay up to date with the latest Kia Sorento News at behindthewheel.com.au.

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