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New 2020 Kia Sorento spotted undisguised

• Fourth-gen Sorento revealed a month ahead of official unveiling
• Sharp, angular exterior styling confirmed
• Plug-in hybrid powertrain expected

The new 2020 Kia Sorento SUV has been spotted uncamouflaged by spy photographers during an official Kia photoshoot. The fourth-generation Sorento will be revealed on Tuesday 3 March at the Geneva Motor Show.

When it arrives in UK showrooms later this year, the Sorento will be available as a plug-in hybrid model for the first time and will rival the Skoda Kodiaq and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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The photos of the all-new seven-seat SUV show a significantly more angular car than the previous Sorento. Earlier spy shots suggested a more steeply raked roofline than that of the outgoing model, giving the new Sorento a sharper look along with a redesigned tailgate. The spy shots, along with a new official teaser image, confirm the new look, which also includes vertical rear LED lights, LED headlights, and Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille at the front.

Inside, the new Kia Sorento will be updated with the firm’s latest 10.25-inch infotainment system. Elsewhere, we expect the revised interior to gain in terms of quality with soft-touch materials throughout, and ambient mood lighting.

Kia is likely to offer the new Sorento with a diesel engine, with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. There’ll also be a plug-in hybrid model that is likely to combine a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and an automatic gearbox to offer enhanced fuel economy. All variants of the new family SUV will be four-wheel-drive with a seven-seat layout.

What does this mean for car buyers?

The growing interest in plug-in hybrid SUVs bodes well for the new Sorento, particularly given that this sector of the market is currently dominated by an array of expensive, upmarket rivals including the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid and Range Rover Sport PHEV. There are relatively few alternatives for less than £40,000 - the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, widely considered the first plug-in SUV, is arguably the most well known. Factor in Kia’s seven-year warranty and the new Sorento could prove very popular.

Do you want to know more about the current Kia Sorento? Read our in-depth review for all of the details.