Kia Malaysia has begun teasing the arrival of the new Sorento facelift on its social media channels ahead of an imminent market launch. The SUV, currently in its third generation (UM), received its mid-life refresh earlier in July in its home market of South Korea.

Visual updates start at the front include new LED headlamps for higher-end variants, which are joined by repositioned daytime running lights near the bottom of each cluster. The grille has also been updated to feature more prominent, scale-like inserts in place of the “diamond studs” on the pre-facelift model.

Kia’s “ice cube” fog lamps are also part of the refresh, occupying a smaller footprint as they are LED units. Regular fog lamps and twin-barrel projector main beams are fitted on variants further down the range.

Moving to the rear, the LED taillights sport new graphics within them, with vertical stripes replacing the old U-shaped array. Other revisions involve the bumper and exhaust pipes, the latter being showcased by square chrome tips.

On the inside, the cabin gets a new steering wheel and gear lever design, along with an updated infotainment system, wireless charging, extended functionality for the front seats and a variable-angle powered tailgate.

Safety features such as lane keeping assist, smart cruise control with forward collision assist, blind spot warning, dynamic bending lights and driver alert warning also make their way into the new Sorento, with the addition of a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The key item being teased by Kia Malaysia in its teaser is the Sorento’s new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces the outgoing six-speed unit currently. In its home market, the Sorento is available with a 2.0 litre diesel (186 PS/402 Nm), 2.2 litre diesel (202 PS/441 Nm) and a 2.0 T-GDI petrol unit with 240 PS/353 Nm.

The current, pre-facelift Sorento in Malaysia is being offered with a choice of a 2.4 litre petrol (171 PS/225 Nm) and aforementioned 2.4 litre diesel. For now, specifications of the new Sorento for our market have yet to be confirmed (aside from the new eight-speed ‘box) but we expect more information to trickle in as the launch date approaches.

GALLERY: Kia Sorento UM facelift (South Korea)

GALLERY: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi HS (pre-facelift) in Malaysia