Unveiled in South Korea in July, the facelifted Kia Sorento will make its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The third-generation UM has been given a subtle aesthetic overhaul inside and out, as well as a raft of new technologies.

Exterior tweaks include new LED head- and tail lights, a dark metallic finish for the redesigned “tiger nose” grille as well as reprofiled front and rear bumpers that give the Sorento a sportier, more aggressive look. The 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheel options have also been redesigned, and the colour palette has been expanded to include Rich Espresso and Gravity Blue paint hues.

Inside, there’s a new four-spoke steering wheel (with a round airbag boss) that replaces the old three-spoke unit, plus a new gearlever. The instrument cluster and climate control switchgear has also been revised (the latter gets a new screen), and Kia claims that there is greater use of soft-touch plastic and leather than before, for a more premium look and feel.

The new Sorento is also offered with a new infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, TomTom navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a wireless smartphone charger. A 640-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system is available as an option as well.

Safety-wise, the car gains Kia’s new Drive Wise suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist and adaptive LED headlights.

The big news is an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission that features fewer control valves than the outgoing six-speeder, claimed to provide quicker shifts. Although the 2.2 litre CRDi diesel engine is unchanged and makes the same 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 441 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm, carbon dioxide emissions have been cut from 172 to 159 grams per kilometre, thanks to the new gearbox.

Lastly, the Sorento is available with a new GT Line variant, that throws in four-piece LED fog lights, red brake callipers, a more substantial side step and twin chrome exhaust exits. Step inside and you’ll find quilted black leather upholstery with contrasting grey stitching and GT Line emblems, plus paddle shifters and a smattering of satin chrome highlights.