2016 Kia Sorento Rumors — New Body, Interior & Powertrain

The novelties which will be brought by the redesign of the 2016 Kia Sorento are still a mystery to a certain degree. The new Sorento will grow several inches and according to some reports, it will probably become a seven-seater SUV. Its design will follow the design language set by the Cross GT concept. As for the powertrain, the 2016 Kia Sorento will come with an attractive hybrid option. The other engine options aren’t revealed yet, but certain rumors say that, aside from the new hybrid powertrain, there won’t be any changes regarding the engine range. This is probably false, but we have to wait for some more reliable information. The interior of the 2016 Kia Sorento will be crafted in order to provide better comfort and higher luxury level. The 2016 Sorento will become a serious competitor within the market segment where it doesn’t belong originally.

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2016 Kia Sorento Exterior Changes

The dimensions of the 2016 Kia Sorento are changed, like we already said. While the length is extended for 8.4 inches and the width gained 4.9 inches, the wheelbase of this SUV is 16 inches longer. The news about the drastically longer wheelbase are the reason why the speculations about the 2016 Sorento as a seven-seater started. It’s too early to judge the appearance and styling of the new Sorento, since it isn’t known how exactly this SUV would look. What we know is that it will use the design solutions seen at the Cross GT concept and improve them. The 2016 Kia Sorento will have redesigned front fascia and the shape of the body which will, thanks to the roofline and augmented curves, look more powerful.

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2016 Kia Sorento Interior — Luxury And Improvements

Since the interior of the 2016 Kia Sorento is really a well-kept secret, we can only hope that it will resemble the one seen inside the Cross GT concept. It’s not the secret that the new Sorento will aim a more upscale market niche, so the higher luxury level will demand premium materials inside the cabin. That’s why the interior design of the 2016 Sorento will probably be heavily based on the Cross GT concept, which had Walnut wood and sophisticated Almond Terra leather upholstery with contrast stitches. While the driver can use the touchscreen, located at the center stack, to control modern infotainment system, climate control and audio system, the passengers at the second-row seats can use the screens at the front-seats headrests.

2016 Kia Sorento Engine Options — Hybrid Powertrain & Speculations About GDI Engines

The 2016 Kia Sorento Hybrid will come with a 2.4-liter inline-four engine, an electric motor and a 47-kilowatt lithium-polymer battery. This powertrain option will have all-wheel drive. As we said before, the rumors about the 2016 Sorento’s engine lineup raised some eyebrows. Although there is a possibility that the engine lineup remains the same, like those rumors claim, it’s more probable that the engines used to power the 2016 Kia Sorento are completely new. The manufacturer’s intention to crash the party at the more upscale market segment and the fact that it might become a seven-seater are enough to cause skepticism. However, the engines which are installed in the outgoing Sorento aren’t bad. There is a 2.4-liter GDI and a 3.3-liter V-6 GDI. Those engines could power the new, bigger Sorento, but if the new engine lineup comes along with other changes, the redesign will be complete.

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