Caught! Kia Sorento Spied with Refreshed Sheet Metal
The second-generation Kia Sorento is a fairly new crossover, having only been on the market for two model years. Kia, however, is already working to give the Sorento a refreshed look.
That's not to say the current iteration isn't handsome. Kia's "tiger-nose" grille is nicely executed on the Sorrento and the overall shape is solid and simple, if not a bit staid. These photos show an extensive use of camouflage, suggesting that almost every body panel has been worked over. The front fascia, for example, appears to have new headlights with LED daytime running lamps, which aren't available on the current Sorento. LEDs are offered on most Kia models including the pint-sized Rio and the Sportage cute-ute.
If Kia makes any power train tweaks, it will likely focus on the optional V-6 engine (currently 3.5-liter, 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque), since it just released a new 2.4-liter, direct-injection four-banger for the 2012 model year. That engine is rated at 191 hp and 181 lb-ft. The current base engine is a non-DI 2.4-liter, inline-four rated at 175 hp and 169 lb-ft.