The current generation of the Kia Sorento debuted in 2020 and went on sale in the United States for the 2022 model year. Although the model still feels so new, a refresh is on the way. This render from Kolesa imagines what the crossover’s updated face could look like.
The two images below show this render next to the 2022 Kia Sorento. The upper grille has the biggest changes. For the updated model, the running lights are integrated into the main part of the headlights. Metal spikes extend from the headlights to the center of the grille.
Kia Sorento Refresh rendering
Kia Sorento 2022
The lower fascia is slightly different. There are now vertical lights there. The separation between the upper and lower grids is now one unified piece rather than having a separation between them.
On the side, the only changes to expect from the updated Sorento are different wheel options.
On the back, look for a minor evolution from the current look. The rear lights could be different and the bumper could receive a slightly revised sculpture.
The technical changes accompanying the refresh are still a complete mystery. There are currently several powertrains available with the Sorento. The entry-level mill is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 182 pound-feet (247 newton-meters) of torque. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivers 281 hp (210 kW) and 311 lb-ft of torque (422 Nm). A turbocharged 1.6-liter with hybrid assistance develops a total of 227 hp (169 kW). A plug-in hybrid with the 1.6-liter turbo mill and a 13.8 kilowatt-hour battery provides 261 hp (195 kW).
Based on a trademark filing, Kia intends to launch a rugged X-Pro variant of the Sorento and Telluride. They would probably follow the changes to this trim on the latest Sportage. On this model, we find 17-inch matte black rims with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, LED fog lights and heating for the windshield and windshield washer jets. A two-tone roof is an option.
Kia has yet to announce details of the 2023 Sorento. However, that seems too early to kick off the refresh. Perhaps we could see the updated model for the 2024 model year.