Kia’s lineup of debuts at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show offers plenty of revisions from previous model years. None of the unveilings venture more from their previous renditions than the 2014 Sorento.
The obvious choice for most drastic upgrade is the installation of a new 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces an stout numbers that put it in favorable light compared to most of its rivals.
Aesthetically, the Kia crossover also received plenty of visual upgrades, highlighted by a modified front and rear fascia, a new grille, and the option of fitting up to 19-inch wheels. There’s a lot to like about the new Sorento, although there are parts of it that we weren’t too excited about.
Either way, it’s obvious that Kia went to great lengths to give the Sorento significant improvements. In the words of Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications of Kia Motors America: "With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it’s obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia’s first-ever blind spot detection system.2"
Find out the latest digs on the new 2014 Sorento after the jump
The first thing you’ll notice about the 2014 Sorento is that it looks smaller than its predecessors. Don’t get us wrong, as a crossover, we didn’t expect a hulking SUV, but a case can be made that the new Sorento seems to have been designed with an eye towards giving it a sportier and more dynamic look. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Kia’s offering three colors for the crossover — Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver — although we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it in other shades, too.
The front and rear fascias have been redesigned to enhance the look of the car. The tiger-nose grille, in particular, was a big with its new anodized silver-metal or black-mesh appearance. Even the front LED positioning lamps have been modified, creating dynamic eyebrows. It’s a setup that’s both eye catching and functional, underscoring the entire purpose of the 2014 Sorento as a refreshed model.
Wheel options for the Sorento vary from redesigned 17- and 18-inch models all the way up to 19-inch wheels, making this the first Sorento ever to have 19-inchs rims. Technology was also a critical element to the overall setup of the new Sorento. No more was that evident than Kia using advanced sonar sensors, and making the 2014 Sorento the first of many Kia vehicles to begin offering a blind-spot detection system.
Finally, as the top-of-the-line model, the SX Limited comes with its own set of new features, including the addition of self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels, sporty red-painted brake calipers, and exclusive SXL badges that have been plastered around the exterior to complete the look.
What Kia did with its new crossover just goes to show the lengths it’s gone to turn their entire model range around, the Sorento included.
Like the rest of the new models from Kia, the 2014 Sorento was treated to a plush interior makeover. It’s a refreshing take, especially when you consider that the market it belongs to pays less attention on being pretty than anything else. To its credit, Kia wanted to give the Sorento some new shine and did so by dressing it up with unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats. A wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel is also part of the improved interior makeup of the Sorento as are the heated rear seats, both of which come as standard features to the crossover. In addition, Kia also added an exclusive soft-touch headliner and pillar accents to the Sorento SX Limited.
For all of the aesthetic improvements on the Sorento, Kia also paid careful attention to giving the crossover plenty of functionality, highlighted by a redesigned instrument panel that combines technology with proven ergonomics. On the Sorrento EX and above, the crossover’s large center gauge cluster comes with a 7-inch TFT LCD screen that projects plenty of travel information for the convenience of the driver and the passengers. It displays info like trip and vehicle information, along with navigation updates with the latter coming as an added option.
The Sorento’s center stack — a part of the interior that usually gets ignored — was modernized to provide a cleaner look to the button positions, thus creating a more user-friendly experience. This design was also done in large part to provide room for the Sorento’s larger, albeit optional, touchscreen. This screen can be used to integrate a host of features on the Kia crossover, including navigation, SiriusXM Traffic with real-time road information updates, a premium Infinity audio system, SiruisXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, vehicle settings and UVO eServices, the automaker’s next generation of infotainment and telematics.
Rounding out the available interior features in the 2014 Sorento include a programmable power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade, integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades, dual ventilated air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle pockets.
Performance and Handling
One of the highlights of the new 2014 Kia Sorento is its engine. While the 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb/ft of torque at 4,250 rpm returns to the fold as a standard for both the LX and the EX, the higher trim models will now feature a 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that packs 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 250 lb/ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. Among the models that will carry this as standard equipment include the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited whereas the LX and EX can also have this powertrain as an added option.
Power is then routed to either the front wheels or, as an option, to all four using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction. New to this model is the Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that not only aids stability under certain driving conditions, but also improves overall drivability.
One of the highlights of the new 2014 Kia Sorento is its engine. The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm returns to the fold as a standard for both the LX and the EX. The higher trim models will now feature a 3.3-liter GDI V-6 engine that packs 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 250 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. Among the models that will carry this as standard equipment include the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited whereas the LX and EX can also have this powertrain as an added option.
Power is then routed to either the front wheels or, as an option, to all four wheels, using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction. New to this model is the Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that not only aids stability under certain driving conditions, but also improves overall drivability.
No word yet on how much the 2014 Sorento is going to cost. Stick with us because as soon as info becomes available, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.
The Kia Sorento LX and EX belong in a market that, to say the least, is extremely competitive. You can expect it to go head to head with a number of notable models, including the Honda CR-V, and the Toyota Rav4.
The latter of the two competitors also made its debut at the LA Auto Show, packing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are in the wheelhouse of the Honda CR-V, which carries a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 180 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque. In terms of performance, the 2014 Sorento has a leg up, thanks to its aforementioned 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that hits 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque.
Higher output than competitors
Engine options are a plus
Looks like a new generation Kia
Plenty of competition
Could come with a higher sticker price
Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2012 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a significantly redesigned version of its popular Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Just three years after U.S. production of the CUV began in West Point, Georgia, the 2014 Sorento comes to market as no mere refresh or facelift, boasting instead an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior and a next-generation infotainment system. Expected to arrive in showrooms during the first quarter of 2013, the redesigned Sorento also adds a top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup – the SX Limited – which delivers an impressive roster of premium features and amenities.
"With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new levels of sophistication and with significant chassis, suspension, powertrain and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. "With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it’s obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia’s first-ever blind spot detection system.2"
Fundamental Changes Improve Performance, Ride and Handling
If the engine is to be considered the heart of any vehicle, it’s safe to assume the new 2014 Sorento has a powerful ticker beneath its sculpted hood. New this year, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6 produces a smooth 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. It’s available optionally on the LX and EX, while residing as standard equipment in the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. Power is routed to either the front wheels or, optionally, to all four using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction and now includes the benefit of Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions.
The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine returns, now as standard equipment in the LX and EX, and replaces the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder. With 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque on-hand at a low 4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient while still providing enough grunt to perform yeoman’s duty day in and day out.
Regardless of engine or driveline choice, the Sorento comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in the new 2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight to aid efficiency. New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
Just three years into its product lifecycle, Kia’s engineers saw fit to bring the new 2014 Sorento to market on an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent. A major focal point in designing the new chassis was to improve ride and handling. Within the engine bay, a strut-tower brace increases chassis stiffness and provides a solid platform for the new independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame cradle which offers improved vehicle tracking. Around back, a reinforced multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise vibration, while its compact design allows for more interior space.
Sophisticated Design, Inside and Out
In a segment more often known for bland utility, the new 2014 Sorento sports dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front and rear fascias enhance the Sorento’s road presence with a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous Kia tiger-nose grille is enhanced with an anodized silver metal or black mesh appearance and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive cross-hatched maw. Front LED positioning lamps create dramatic eyebrows while projector style headlights peer from behind tapered clear lenses. Available fog lights on all trim models have been upended and pushed to the far corners of the front bumper for better forward and side visibility. Horizontally positioned rear LED combination lamps embrace the turn signal and back-up lights, emitting a warm corona that makes the 2014 Sorento instantly recognizable from behind. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and, a first for Kia’s best-selling CUV, larger 19-inch wheels.
To step inside the new 2014 Sorento is to experience a new level of sophisticated elegance. A redesigned instrument panel deftly combines technology with proven ergonomics. On EX trims and above, the large center gauge cluster features a 7-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer flanked by easy-to-read analog instruments for the tachometer, fuel level and engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information, along with navigation updates (optional). The center stack’s appearance and layout has been modernized and button positions have been rearranged for a more user-friendly experience. The new design also provides room for Kia’s new larger touch screen. Diagonally spanning eight inches, the optional screen integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic™3 with real-time road information updates, a premium Infinity®4 audio system, SiruisXM™ Satellite Radio5, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity6, vehicle settings and UVO eServices, Kia’s next generation of infotainment and telematics. Other new available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia’s first-ever programmable power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade, integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades, available dual ventilated air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle pockets.
Using advanced sonar sensors, the 2014 Sorento is also the first of many Kia vehicles to begin offering a blind spot detection system. The system continually monitors traffic around the Sorento and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver to the issue.
Advancing Value to New Levels of Sophistication: Sorento SX Limited
Shortly after the arrival of the new 2014 Sorento, the Sorento SX Limited is destined for market within the second quarter of 2013. With the success of the Optima SX Limited launched earlier this year, offering a similar appearance package on the Sorento was a logical follow-up.
Offered only in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver, the SX Limited is set apart visually from the Sorento SX by unique self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted brake calipers. Exclusive SXL badges adorn the exterior to complete the look.
Inside, unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are all standard. The exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents make the Sorento SX Limited an inviting respite from the stress and strain of urban existence.