2016 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento was launched in 2002 and went on sale in the United States the following year. The first-generation Sorento was a traditional body-on-frame SUV with off-road capabilities and a four-wheel drive system. The first-gen Sorento was replaced in 2009, when Kia introduced a completely redesigned vehicle. Now built on a car-based platform and relegated to crossover status, the second-gen Sorento began rolling off the West Point, Georgia production line for the 2010 model year. Slightly longer than its predecessor, the updated Sorento gained new 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines on U.S. soil.

The crossover received yet another makeover for the 2013 model year. Although Kia introduced it as a third-generation model with an all-new chassis and redesigned front and rear fascias, the update is commonly considered a facelift rather than a brand-new generation. Going into 2015, Kia introducing a revamped Sorento with hefty updates inside and out, including a longer wheelbase.

Updated 07/29/2014: Kia unveiled the first teaser images of the third-generation Sorento set to be unveiled in Korea next month, and then at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Details after the jump.

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Teaser images

Kia Sorento

As Kia announced, the all-new Sorento will adopt a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear and deeply sculpted body surfaces. The last addition will be a larger, more upright "tiger-nose" grille.

Kia Sorento

Spy Shots

July 4, 2014 - Kia Sorento testing in the European Alps

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

Although it lost some its camouflage, the crossover is still hiding its most important novelties, including the redesigned front and rear fascias.

Expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, the 2016 Sorento continues testing in the European Alps for final adjustments. Although it lost some its camouflage, the crossover is still hiding its most important novelties, including the redesigned front and rear fascias. However, the front grille is obviously larger on the new model, while the redesigned headlamps extend further into the front fenders.

The most notable changes will occur inside, where the longer wheelbase will allow for a roomier cabin with increased legroom in the rear compartment. An updated infotainment system and redesigned climate controls were also spotted by our spy photographers, but expect more upgrades throughout the interior. We figure Kia is also enhancing the Sorento’s engine lineup, consisting of a 2.4-liter GDI and 3.3-liter V-6 in the United States, and word has it a plug-in hybrid is in the works as well. Expect the latter to pair a 2.3-liter gasoline unit and an electric motor powered by a lithium-polymer battery.

Competitors

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 is still fresh for the 2014 model year. The redesigned crossover borrows most of its styling cues from the rest of the Toyota Toyota lineup and blends them together with its unique, sculpted bumpers and fenders and the brand-new roof-hinged liftgate. The interior has been significantly improved, with more soft-touch materials and convenience features made available to customers. An updated dash panel, upgraded technologies and optional leather round off the redesigned cabin.

Under the hood of the RAV4 lies a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The unit mates to a new six-speed transmission with Sequential Shift and Dynamic Torque Control with three drive modes. All-wheel-drive is available as an option. Pricing for the crossover begins from $23,550.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The fourth-generation CR-V went on sale for the 2012 model year and a facelifted version of the crossover is expected to become available by the time the new Kia Sorento arrives. The current model features a new grille design with horizontal bars, plastic body cladding all around, and an overall clean and conservative look. The interior is far from being a benchmark in terms of luxury, but its user friendly design and comfortable driving position remain strong selling points.

Engine-wise, the CR-V is also powered by a single, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder unit. The four-banger is good for 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque and uses a five-speed automatic to route oomph to the wheels. I all-wheel-drive guise, the vehicles needs 8.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph and reaches a top speed rated at 112 mph. The 2014 Honda CR-V retails from $23,120.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Press Release

The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month, featuring bold, swept-back exterior styling.

The new model boasts a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear and deeply sculpted body surfaces. Together with a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, these design changes raise the aesthetic sophistication of Kia’s best-selling SUV.

Styled at Kia’s design studios in Korea, Germany and the USA, the all-new Kia Sorento will be showcased in Korea at the end of August, and is due to make its European premiere on 2nd October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


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