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The facelifted Kia Sorento SUV has been snapped on a Malaysian highway. This brownish-grey (or is it greyish-brown?) unit was spotted by reader Alan Ong, who initially thought it was a Sportage, but was alerted by the slight disguise it was wearing.

The masking tape covers the car’s badges and half of the tail lamps, but not much else, leaving us in no doubt that it is the facelifted Kia Sorento. We first saw the XM facelift last June, sporting a new look that’s more in line with Kia’s latest Schreyer-penned designs. The big SUV looks sleeker than before, especially at the rear, where the big square lights have been replaced by longer, slimmer items.

It’s not just a cosmetic job, though, as this Sorento sits on a different platform than the pre-facelift car. The upgraded underpinnings are shared with the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe.

There’s also a re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrains for best-in-class fuel economy with lower emissions, improved ride, handling and refinement, plus additional convenience and safety features. The cabin has also been redesigned. Click here for the full story on what’s new.

Early stage local testing or impending launch? We’ll have to wait and see.