Kia is planning to debut two redesigned vehicles at this year's Los Angeles auto show, the Korean automaker has confirmed. The annual Southern California event is scheduled to kick off in late November.
Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing and communication, revealed to The Detroit News that the company will unveil updated versions of its Forte compact and Sorento mid-size crossover at this year's LA show.
Although Sprague failed to reveal any details, the 2014 Forte is expected to adopt design cues from the larger Optima. The compact will also upgrade its rear suspension from a beam setup to the same multi-link unit found beneath the Hyundai Elantra. A more efficient drivetrain could also be part of the Forte's 2014 update.
The Sorento's updated, meanwhile, should be more of a refresh than full redesign. The Sorento was introduced for the 2011 model year and remains a relatively fresh product. An all-new Sorento based on the Hyundai Santa Fe will bow in 2014.
Fresh versions of the Forte and Sorento should keep Kia rolling in the United States. The Korean automaker has posted 24 consecutive months of sales records and currently owns a 4 percent share of the U.S. market.