2016 Kia Sorento Crossover Specs, Price and Review

The 2016 Kia Sorento Crossover made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The redesigned Sorento offers much more premium overall looks featuring long wrap-around headlights, prominent fog lamps and a larger more upright grill. In short, you’ll find the new crossover looks sportier and more aggressive.

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The Kia Sorento is a five- or seven-passenger SUV that straddles the line between compact and midsize crossovers. It’s as large as other midsizers like the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano and even offers midsize features like an optional V6 engine and third-row seating.

Exterior

While we won’t have detailed U.S. specs until the car debuts at the L.A. show later this month, we do know that the Sorento’s styling isn’t likely to change one bit. That’s because the design was sketched at its sprawling new Namyang Design Center in Hwaseong, South Korea, with a global audience in mind. Some might call it bland — Kia calls it sophisticated — but the smooth surfaces and simple graphics for the grille, front intakes, headlights, and taillights are unlikely to divide opinion. Look closely and there are flourishes to be found, such as the 3-D diamond-pattern grille, but the emphasis is very much on quality ahead of daring design.

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The 2016 Sorento’s wheelbase has grown by 3 inches to 109.4 inches, the overall length has stretched by 3.8 inches to 188.2 inches, while the height has shrunk by less than an inch to 66.3 inches. By repositioning the seat cushions in the back, Kia has managed to free up some extra headroom to go with the extra legroom, despite the reduction in height. Opting for the full-length glass roof floods the interior with light and magnifies the sense of spaciousness.

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Interior

More significant changes are planned inside, however, with safety and convenience features expected to include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear-cross traffic alert and the next generation of Kia’s Uvo telematics service, which currently includes roadside assistance, collision notification and restrictions and tracking for secondary drivers.

Heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free power liftgate and a panoramic sunroof should highlight the list of available creature comforts.

Moreover, you’ll see more leather and soft-touch materials, and a redesigned center stack. Interior space is enhanced, as passengers now get more headroom and legroom, while cargo space grows to 21.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Five- or seven-passenger versions of the Sorento are available, with the second row using a 40/20/40 split.

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Powertrain

The new Sorento will offer five different gasoline and turbodiesel engine options in various global markets. While Kia has not yet indicated which will be coming to America, it appears likely the current 191-horsepower 2.4-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder and the 290-horse/3.3-liter GDI V6 will continue to provide motivation. We anticipate more information on powertrains, packages and features for the U.S. 2016 Kia Sorento to be released next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Release Date and Price

After making its first debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2016 Kia Sorento will also be released next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Expect to see the new crossover in showrooms next year. Kia hasn’t released any official statement regarding Sorento’s price, but Edmunds expects that the price will be pretty much the same as the current model, which starts from $25,195.

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