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First pictures: Fourth-gen Kia Sorento

Kia has revealed the first images of the fourth-generation Sorento SUV ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

According to Kia, the firm’s designers sought to maintain the aesthetic of earlier generations of the model while “applying a greater degree of refinement and elegance”.

Meanwhile, the redefined design incorporates sharper lines and uninterrupted surfaces, making it noticeably more sculpted than its more round-edged predecessor, which the Korean car company said is the result is a more confident, more mature and more desirable design than ever.

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As part of the redesign, the grille is wider and more expansive and wraps organically around the integrated headlamps on each side, while the headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running light, adding extra focus to the design by depicting the intense impression of the lines around a tiger’s eyes.

Kia added the fourth generation Sorento model is based on an all-new platform and claimed it will raise standards in the midsize SUV segment for space, practicality, efficiency and quality. The proportions of the Sorento have been adapted to make it appear longer, with shorter front and rear overhangs and a longer wheelbase, while its new proportions also extend the length of the bonnet, the company said.

UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced in due course.