2014 Kia Sorento facelift caught undisguised

The forth-coming 2014 Kia Sorento CUV has been spotted wearing almost no camouflage!

Thanks to our fellow Korean Kia enthusiasts, we have gotten our hands on a fresh new spy shot showcasing the upcoming 2014 Kia Sorento facelift.

Caught for the very-first time almost completely undisguised, the 2014 Sorento facelift is expected to hit the Kia showrooms in South Korea in the third quarter of the year.

The latest spy photo reveals a sleeker front fascia which borrows styling elements from the highly successful Kia Optima mid-size sedan, Kia’s best-selling vehicle in the USA.

The 2014 Sorento CUV sports an updated Kia signature grille, revised LED daytime running lights and more stylish two-tone front bumper.

In addition to the revised set of alloy-wheels and slightly updated side mirrors with turn signal, the refreshed Kia Sorento facelift is also expected to receive a restyled rear-end with subtle styling tweaks made to the tail-lights and bumper.

What latest spy shot doesn’t reveal are several changes that will take place inside the cabin and under its hood.

The interior will receive a plethora of minor styling tweaks and higher grade materials, while the engine line-up is rumored to get a new 4-cylinder turbo engine from the just-recently launched 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

16 thoughts on “2014 Kia Sorento facelift caught undisguised

  1. wish I could see more photos. This isn’t doing to much for me. not sure what it is. And I would agree with Fred, I see a “play it safe” Forte front end. I think it’s the fog lights, They seem to sit too high.

  2. Looks good so far if you ask me. It might be the picture angle which makes the facelifted Sorento not looking more attractive. Let’s wait and see…

  3. I don’t know maybe it is me I expected too much. I just don’t see where this LOOK is an improvment on what the Sorento already looks like now.

    Himmi, my question to you the small slit under the grill what gives with that? The LED’s are very Ford EDGE like and that is a turn off.

    I think using the Kia Soulster front end Fascia would have even been BETTER than this.

  4. I’m not sure about the small slit under the grill… It’s a mid-cycle facelift and cars undergoing such updates normally only receive minor styling tweaks. So it would have been unreasonable to expect Kia implementing a whole new “Soulster” front end fascia. In my humble opinion, that wouldn’t fit nicely to the current Sorento lay-out.

    Don’t worry, Kia will not fail updating the 2014 Sorento! Look at what they have done with the rest of the latest models. Each and every Kia vehicle that hit the showrooms over the past 2 or 3 years looks way better than its predecessor.

  5. Fred; Funny you question what the small slit under the Grill, what gives with that? Simple, actually. Just like Key Designer Peter Schreyer, put that nonsensical “Cubby Hole” in the 2012 Kia Rio just to the right of the Audio Unit, (radio) that looks out of place and off balance with an otherwise attractive Dash Panel, the (slit) serves the same purpose. Let`s one wonder, just “what were they thinking”?

  6. Mr. Schreyer’s definately not responsible for the “Cubby Hole” (as you call it). He’s responsible to provide the car with an attractive exterior look. There are other people working on Kia interior designs.

    And yes, I don’t like that thing on the Rio’s dash either! And wondering who approved that to get into serial production??

  7. The front end went from elegant simple to bodacious busy to me. There is way to much going on with this front end fascia for me.

    Himi got any inside contacts to ask the question WHAT DA HELL????? on this one LOL

    I am getting closer to getting the Forte Koupe and the Kia GT. I have 2008 Optima that my wife won’t seperate from. I am just waiting to see what the new Forte Koupe restlying is going to be and I need the GT to be finalized also.

    I was thinking Sorento for long trips but unless they do a XL version extending the rear hatch for more hauling with the 3rd row up I don’t think it is gonna happen and with this design getting me to buy it it is gonna be tuff.

  8. You went a design others were beginning to mimic (which would have made the sorento generic in time) to ugly. The athletic look is gone…for what? Very bland now.

  9. Nope.
    Kia missed with this new Sorrento design.
    I guess it’s the law of averages. Bound to happen. They’ve been getting some pretty impressive hits. So, every once in a while they’re bound to hit a foul ball.
    It looks like the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is definitely going to beat out this new Sorrento.

    Hopefully they’ll do better with the new Forte and eventual redesign of the Sportage.

  10. If I may suggest to Kia, in addition to the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, also consider the design of the 2013 Mazda CX5. That vehicle does have some shortcomings, like not having enough power (i.e. for things like 0-60 times, simple highway passing, and hill climbs). But in terms of looks, in my opinion, it has one of the best profiles or side views in the business so far.

  11. On the inside and front I would agree, but on the side or profile view, that’s a pretty talented 14 year old.

  12. I think it lost its aggressive look. I was hoping that they would keep that look and tweek the rest of the car. The front end with the slit under the grill is not needed. The fog lights are in a great place, but the front end makes it look like its from the movie Cars. Still needs a lot of work and I hope the final look of the car is not this. The Sorento will loose its popularity if it looks like the above picture.

  13. Himi: OK, I stand corrected that Peter Schreyer can`t bear the responsibility for the misplaced (whole in the Dash) of the 2012 & 2013 Kia Rio. In my Owners Manual of my 2012 Kia Rio5, it shows that this odd cavity is designed to be a “photo” holding frame in perhaps the 2 or 3 Counties that it was designed for. For the rest of the Global market that the 2012 & 2013 KIa Rio is sold in, it leaves everyone else scratching their collective heads wondering WTF is (that) all about? You figure that if they went to the bother to make 2 different Dash Panels, one to hold the larger MIcro-Soft UVO entertainment center with rear view camera display and another to simply hold the smaller (regular) Radio and CD PLayer, they would have simply produced the Dash Panel (with) the Cubby Hole in the few Countries that this Picture Holding Frame was marketed for. It wasn`t for the extra cost either. KIa had no problem designing a “elcheapo” Center Console with 2 Bottle Holders and a 8“ square (open) storage bin for its 2012 Kia Rio LX Model Line while putting the Center Console with Armrest with Storage Box on the rest of it Rio Line in both the EX and SX Trim. Even in Canada, their version of the lowest cost KIa Rio, similar to the U.S. LX has the Armrest Console, and a slew of other Standard Features that were not included in the U.S. production vehicle. Perhaps everyone in the U.S. doesn`t really need the Heated Outside Review Mirrors, Heated Seats, or Heated Steering Wheel, but (who) could`nt appreciate a Center Console with Armrest with Storage Box? My 2006 Kia Rio5 had a damn Armrest!

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