Within two years after its global launch, Kia will update the fourth-generation Sorento. The introduction of the 4th generation Sorento was delayed to September 2020 owing to the COVID-19 spread and lockdowns from its scheduled February 2020 debut date.
Following the initial disclosure of spy photos of a carefully camouflaged test mule at the Hyundai-Kia R&D Center, the team at Kolesa.ru has created speculative drawings of the facelift for the fourth-generation Sorento.
Heavy camouflage makes it tough to see the real improvements, but we can still tell from these drawings that the front has been revised while the back end hasn’t changed—at least not from these images.
On the interior, you can assume that Kia will install the same twin 12.3-inch curved screens and outfit the Sorento facelift with the newest safety and technological features by taking a look at the new updated models like the Telluride or Seltos.
Furthermore, it’s quite doubtful that the powertrain options would undergo significant alterations now that Kia has shut down the divisions responsible for its internal combustion engines. The current set of engines will likely remain in the fourth-generation Sorento, although some adjustments are anticipated to satisfy the more stringent pollution standards.
It’s hard to say exactly when Kia plans to introduce this facelift, but we shouldn’t expect it until the middle of 2023 for the local South Korean market, with European and US-spec vehicles perhaps following in 2024.
It is challenging to estimate whether these timelines will be met given the global shortage of semiconductors and the 14-month wait period for the current 4th generation Sorento in South Korea.
However, if the supply-chain situation does not improve throughout 2023, it is believed that part of the orders will be fulfilled using a refreshed model.