Kia releases photos of its upgraded ’13 Sorento cross/utility vehicle, which features new headlamps and light-emitting-diode positioning lights, a new tailgate with rear combination lamps and new bumpers front and rear.

“Since its introduction in 2009, the second-generation Kia Sorento has achieved more than 620,000 sales around the world,” Thomas Oh, Kia executive vice president and chief operating officer-International Div., says in a statement.

"Today it is manufactured in Korea and the U.S., attracting over 130,000 U.S. customers last year to rank as the best-selling Kia model (there) for the second year in a row.”

The black or beige interior can be ordered in cloth or leather, and a sunroof is available.

Also featured are a new center stack with 8-in. (20-cm) display screen, new console and leather-booted shifter on automatic-transmission models.