2016 Kia Sorento Changes — Redesigned Exterior, New Engine & Interior Update
The 2016 Kia Sorento world premiere took place at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. All the novelties and changes improved the crossover to the extent that the all-new Sorento CUV raised the bar for the rest of the automaker’s lineup. Powered by three engines and offered in five trims, it would be hard not to find a suitable version. The 2016 Kia Sorento is a little bit wider. Although the width increase isn’t so radical, the stretched wheelbase is what improves the crossover’s comfort. Using the Cross GT concept as a paragon for some of the design elements, the 2016 Sorento looks equally attractive to a dynamic person who adores off-road adventures and to family-oriented people who like their ride comfortable and safe. The 2016 Kia Sorento will be released early 2015. The pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the improved Sorento probably won’t be drastically more expensive than the 2015 model year which starts at $24,100.
Exterior Changes and Improvements
The body of the 2016 Kia Sorento suffered some dimensions changes, as we already said. Its wheelbase was extended by 3.1 inches and its width was increased by 0.2 inches. Now, the wheelbase is 109.4 inches long, while the body is 74.4 inches wide. With a new design approach, the 2016 Sorento looks bolder than before. The front fascia is now aggressive thanks to the new restyled headlights and the LED positioning lights. Of course, this isn’t the only change at the front. The air intakes and the adopted Cross GT’s fascia style brought more flair and dynamism to the crossover’s overall appearance. The 2016 Kia Sorento has LED fog lights and LED taillights available. Its restyled rear end is something that won’t be outdated for several years. The new style of the taillights is really more suitable for the overall Sorento’s style. Although the changes don’t seem so radical, the CUV has been significantly improved. Now it looks bolder and more powerful, it’s sleeker and assertive, having a design which is modern and classic at the same time. The new appearance has been completed by new alloy wheels which are available from 17- to 19-inches.
2016 Kia Sorento Interior Features and Trims
This mid-size SUV was always an epitome of a good interior. Following the tradition, the 2016 Sorento will provide some great features which come with a really cozy and comfortable cabin. It will be available in two versions – with five and with seven seats inside. New high-quality materials provide more upscale feel. Although 0.5 inches legroom increase for the second- and third-row seats doesn’t seem too much, it’s really going to improve the crossover’s comfort. As it could be anticipated from the picture of the exterior, the cargo room was also increased. Now you can store 74 cu-ft of cargo, which is an increase of 1.5 cu-ft. But, if you take a look at the cargo room with all the seats up, the new Sorento has drastically more space. While the 2015 model year had 9 cu-ft, the 2016 Sorento comes with 11 cu-ft. The 2016 Kia Sorento is coming in five trims — L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Depending on a level of luxury you’d like, the 2016 Sorento can come with 14-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats. The automaker is proud of the new 630-watt Infinity audio system with 12 speakers and the Clari-Fi restoration technology. Speaking of the advanced technology, the 2016 Kia Sorento is equipped with the latest infotainment and convenience systems and gadgets.
As we already said, the 2016 Kia Sorento has three engine options. It brought a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four stateside. This mill delivers 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Aside from the new addition, the engine range of the V6 that generates 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Kia Sorento has only one transmission available. That’s a six-speed automatic.
2016 Kia Sorento Price and Release
We already mentioned that the 2016 Kia Sorento will be released early 2015. The automaker stated that it would be available in the first quarter of the 2015, so the first units will be on the roads soon.