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As reported last week, Naza Kia has launched the facelifted Kia Sorento at its nationwide Kia Customer Day over the last weekend. We were there at Kia’s flagship Red Cube in PJ too, among hundreds of other interested buyers. So crowded it was, that our attempt at taking live shots of the refreshed SUV had to be abandoned. Over multiple tries.

The line was much clearer come Monday’s office hours, giving us the chance to take plenty of photos inside and out. No interior picture had been released at the launch announcement last week, so here you have the chance to see the local spec Sorento in its full glory.

Naza Kia has chosen to call it the ‘Next-Gen’ Sorento, which essentially it is. Underneath the familiar sheet metal is an all-new platform for substantially improved ride, handling and refinement. The interior is all new too, utilising higher quality materials and is even better specced than before.

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Overall it’s a much more significant update than a typical mid-life facelift. It’s a highly focussed programme on improving what’s beneath the skin rather than the more common skin-deep aesthetic upgrades car manufacturers have tried to pass on as facelifts nowadays.

You can read the new Kia Sorento’s full technical specs and standard equipment list in our local launch report here, as well as more pictures and insights from the international premiere reports here and here.

Enjoy our full live gallery below, including side-by-side comparison shots with the outgoing model. And remember, there is more to this facelift than meets the eye.