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Kia Sorento Spied With New Grille

In defiance of prominent “No Photography” stickers on the sides of the vehicle, our spy photographers managed to capture photos of a refreshed Kia Sorento cold-weather testing in Sweden. Although the Kia Sorento was heavily revised for the 2014 model year, it’s clear that the Korean automaker is already hard at work developing a new version.

The 2014 Kia Sorento three-row crossover bowed at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show with new styling, new direct-injected powertrains, and a new suspension. Nonetheless, the transformation wasn’t totally convincing when we drove the car. “The 2014 Kia Sorento has a lot more going on under the skin than a mere refresh, but the net effect is that the changes are still evolutionary rather than revolutionary,” we wrote in February 2013.

With that in mind, it’s not unreasonable to see Kia already testing an updated Sorento. Despite the heavy camouflage, we can tell this prototype has various revisions to the front fascia. Though the swept-back headlights appear unchanged, the grille opening is now more oval-shaped, like on the Kia K900 luxury sedan, while the crossover’s lower fascia could also receive a slightly different grille opening. Out back, the 2014 Kia Sorento‘s LED taillights carry over unchanged, but there could be some revisions to the shape of the liftgate and rear bumper.

Given how recently the current model debuted, we don’t expect to see a new Kia Sorento at an auto show (or in showrooms) for another year or two. For now, the 2015 Kia Sorento LX starts at $24,995 (with destination) when equipped with front-wheel drive and a 191-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine. The top-of-the-line Sorento SX-L AWD, which has a 3.3-liter V-6 good for 290 hp, costs $42,595.

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