Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version, the company said.
The mid-sized crossover's new sheet metal borrows the longer hood and wider D-pillars from the Cross GT concept shown at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
Up front is a bolder, trucklike iteration of Kia's "tiger nose" grille.
Kia's design studio in Namyang, South Korea, led the project with input from Kia studios in Germany and Irvine, Calif.
Kia extended the Sorento's wheelbase more than 3 inches to 109.4 inches, and it stretched the overall length to 188.2 inches from 184.4 to add passenger room to all three rows of seating. Kia also reduced the Sorento's height by less than an inch to 66.3 inches.
After it is unveiled in South Korea this month, the 2016 Sorento will make its auto show debut in October in Paris. It is expected to go on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2015.