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Kia has been busy – a refreshed Sorento just arrived in showrooms for the 2014 model year and the Korean manufacturer is already out undergoing advanced testing in the next-generation model. How, pray tell, do we know how far along testing is? Notice any cladding, or coverings, aside from the regular vinyl camo? Right.

Our predictive talents aside, there are still a lot of questions about the next Sorento. We don't have much to go on with the technical specs, although we'll be thunderstruck if there isn't some form of the Hyundai/Kia 2.0-liter turbo under hood. Our spies report that this new model is somewhat larger than the current Sorento, hinting that it might be riding atop the same platform as the long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe. That could indicate an available V6 model, as well. Judging by the profile views, we'd bet our bottom dollar this is a three-row model.

The conflicting nature of a refreshed Sorento hitting dealers and an advanced prototype out testing in Europe makes it difficult to pin down a date for the third-generation CUV's debut. We doubt we'll be seeing the new Sorento before the end of the year – a 2014 debut with a 2015 on-sale date just seems more likely in light of the newness of the refreshed model.
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2015 Kia Sorento prototype spied showing larger dimensions

2015 Kia Sorento spy photo / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Winter testing in Scandinavia

A prototype of the next-gen Kia Sorento was spied undergoing cold winter testing in Scandinavia, prior to an expected 2015 market launch.
Two prototypes were spotted at a gas station getting a refill and according to our sources the mid-size SUV will grow in size compared to the current model and will be a few centimeters longer. Some of the added length will be in the wheelbase so the 2015 Sorento will provide more space inside the cabin, particularly for rear passengers who will benefit from additional legroom. In these spy photos we also notice a portion of the Sorento's taillight graphics.
As far as engines are concerned, Kia will most likely bump output of the 2.4-liter GDi and 3.3-liter V6 GDi engines and will probably introduce a hybrid version which will be available from day one.


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Default Render & New Spy Photos Of The 2015 Kia Sorento (UM)






The 2014 Kia Sorento SUV received a big updated for the new model year, but if you look at it, changes are not pretty much than front and rear facelift and a revised interior. That’s why Kia is now working in the next generation Sorento that will be arrive at the United States as a 2015 model year.

From the side, it looks like the 2015 model will get a more upright grille similar to the recently introduced Cadenza premium sedan, compared with the more back-swept style on the current Sorento. Although retaining Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” grille, the grille on the 2015 mule appears to have a gently arching upper edge, as well as cutting a little deeper into the front fascia. Looks like if Kia is using the CrossGT Concept to inspire the next-gen Sorento. Details are extremely limited at the moment but we expect more power from the 2.4-liter GDi and V6 3.3-liter GDi engines, along with a Hybrid version which could be available from day one. Although difficult to say with certainty, it appears the 2015 model may be adopting the longer wheelbase of the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe.
It’s unknown if the Sorento will be offered in two sizes, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport or if there will be one size for future Sorento models.




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Scooped: 2015 Kia Sorento Replacement Caught With Video




The 2014 Kia Sorento SUV received a big updated for the new model year, but if you look at it, changes are not pretty much than front and rear facelift and a revised interior. That’s why Kia is now working in the next generation Sorento that will be arrive at the United States as a 2015 model year.

From the side, it looks like the 2015 model will get a more upright grille similar to the recently introduced Cadenza premium sedan, compared with the more back-swept style on the current Sorento. Although retaining Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” grille, the grille on the 2015 mule appears to have a gently arching upper edge, as well as cutting a little deeper into the front fascia. Details are extremely limited at the moment but we expect more power from the 2.4-liter GDi and V6 3.3-liter GDi engines, along with a Hybrid version which could be available from day one. Although difficult to say with certainty, it appears the 2015 model may be adopting the longer wheelbase of the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe.
It’s unknown if the Sorento will be offered in two sizes, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport or if there will be one size for future Sorento models.

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2016 Kia Sorento spied in Scandinavia

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Looks significantly larger than its predecessor

The 2016 Kia Sorento has been spied undergoing testing alongside the Hyundai iX25 in Scandinavia.
Dressed in heavy camouflage, the redesigned crossover sports an oval grille which mimics the one used on the Cadenza and K900. The model has also been equipped with sweptback headlights, an upward sweeping beltline and a more stylish greenhouse.
Styling changes aside, the biggest change will likely be the increased dimensions which will pay huge dividends to second and third row passengers.
Engine options are expected to carryover so expect choices to include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter V6 with minor modifications for improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. Speaking of the latter, there could be a Sorento Hybrid with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is backed by an electric motor and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery.




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Scooped: 2016 Kia Sorento Continues His Development




The 2014 Kia Sorento SUV received a big updated for the new model year, but if you look at it, changes are not pretty much than front and rear facelift and a revised interior. That’s why Kia is now working in the next generation Sorento that will be arrive at the United States as a 2016 model year.


From the side, it looks like the 2016 model will get a more upright grille similar to the recently introduced Cadenza premium sedan, compared with the more back-swept style on the current Sorento. Although retaining Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” grille, the grille on the 2016 mule appears to have a gently arching upper edge, as well as cutting a little deeper into the front fascia. Looks like if Kia is using the CrossGT Concept to inspire the next-gen Sorento. Details are extremely limited at the moment but we expect more power from the 2.4-liter GDi and V6 3.3-liter GDi engines, along with a Hybrid version which could be available from day one. Although difficult to say with certainty, it appears the 2016 model may be adopting the longer wheelbase of the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe.










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Exclusive: Kia to Debut Next Generation Sorento in August




Few days ago we shared the latest spy shots of the next-generation (the third) of the Sorento SUV (codenamed as UM). Kia is finishing the development os his second biggest SUV, just when South Korean sales of the Sportage R & Mohave growth 30% last month.

Kia could give the final blow with a new generation Sorento, with the latest Kia’s design identity and updated technology, infotainment, safety, convenience and fuel economy. The new generation Sorento will comes with a choice of diesel CRDi and gasoline direct injection (GDi) Turbo & V6 engines to be confirmed soon. According to our sources, is expected that the Sorento SUV will debut into the South Korean local market during August 2014, offering a diverse choice of recreational vehicles in time for the upcoming camping season, the automaker hopes to make up for lackluster sedan sales.
Later in the year, probably at the 2014 Los Angeles AutoShow held in November, Kia will launch the US-market Sorento.

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Next-gen Kia Sorento spied with less camo

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Appears to be bigger

The fourth generation of the Kia Sorento has been spied undergoing testing in the Alps.
It appears the new Sorento will grow in size and some of the added length will be found in the wheelbase which will grant a more spacious cabin especially for those sitting in the second and third rows where there will be more legroom. We notice the vehicle will come with sweptback headlights and an enlarged front grille together with an upward beltline.
In terms of engines, expect uprated variants of the 4-cylinder 2.4-liter GDi and 3.3-liter V6 GDi along with a possible hybrid model featuring a 4-cylinder 2.3-liter gasoline engine working with an electric motor and a lithium-polymer battery with a 47 kW capacity. There should also be two CRDi engines with 2.0 and 2.2-liter displacements that will likely be tweaked as well.
The 2015 Kia Sorento will probably be unveiled in the months to come, with sales to commence early next year.


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Kia Sorento spotted high-altitude testing after 'Ring run






Some models stick around the market longer than others. The Kia Sorento, for example, lasted for a good eight years in its first iteration, and the second-generation model has been around for five years now. Sure, it had a facelift a couple of years ago, but if it's going to make it in the highly competitive midsize crossover market, Kia is going to have to do better than that.

And that appears to be just what it has in store. Following the previous spy shots we brought you from the Nürburgring the better part of a year ago, the next-generation Sorento has now been spotted shlepping a trailer up a mountain.

Expected to debut as soon as the Paris Motor Show in October, the third-generation Kia Sorento appears to have grown longer in order to better accommodate third-row passengers. You can also expect the latest technologies on board and maybe, just maybe, a plug-in hybrid powertain option. Watch this space for more and scope out the spy shots in the gallery above for a closer look.
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2015 / 2016 Kia Sorento sketches released

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Looks more assertive than its predecessor

Our spies have already caught the 2015 / 2016 Kia Sorento on numerous occasions but Kia World has managed to get their hands on some renderings of the upcoming crossover.
Looking more assertive than its predecessor, the redesigned crossover adopts an upright front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights. We can also see plastic body cladding, a gently sloping roofline and more curvaceous bodywork. The upscale styling continues outback as there's a dual exhaust system and a rounded tailgate with an integrated spoiler.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but website is reporting options will likely include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 3.3-liter GDI V6 and a 2.2-liter CRDI diesel for Europe.
The Sorento will reportedly be unveiled in South Korea in September before celebrating its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
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Kia teases next Sorento [w/video]

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We recently spotted it testing, and now Kia digitally dropped all of the cladding and obfuscation from its next-generation Sorento crossover to tease its true face. For the new model, it certainly looks as if the company's designers will evolve the current CUV's shape to be a bit more curvaceous than before.

According to Kia, the new design has a lower roofline and higher beltline than the current model, and the side windows certainly look a lot narrower than they are now. These renderings also hint at the next Sorento's more rectangular, vertical front end with the Korean automaker's now recognizable "tiger-nose grille." At the back, the styling appears to be a bit more rounded with the rear glass and taillights wrapping around slightly.

We won't have to base our opinions on renderings for long. Kia says that it will unveil the new Sorento in Korea at the end of August and will debut it to Europeans at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in early October. Scroll down to watch a video showing off some more renderings of the upcoming model and read Kia's teaser release.
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The next Sorento will feature a sharper front end characterized by a bold rendition of Kia's trademarked "tiger-nose" grille, a large bumper with several air dams and sharp, elongated headlights. The muscular look will continue past the front fascia with sculpted flanks and a low roof line, while the rear end will pack a roof-mounted spoiler and horizontal tail lamps.

Kia's latest teaser suggests the Sorento's cockpit will boast a wrap-around dashboard with a large screen that will run the crossover's infotainment system. The dashboard was designed to be as simple and functional as possible by the company's design center in Frankfurt, Germany.

Riding on the same platform as the 2015 Sedona, the next Sorento will be larger than the current model in order to fight head-to-head against the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander. The extra length will also allow the Sorento to offer a more spacious third-row seat and a larger trunk.

Kia is keeping technical details under wraps until the Sorento's formal debut but rumors indicate the crossover will be offered with 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 3.3-liter V6 mill also found under the hood of the Sedona. Buyers will be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive.

The crossover will be available with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill in select global markets, but the oil-burning engine will not be offered in the United States.

The 2015 Kia Sorento will debut in South Korea later this month and go on sale shortly after. The Euro-spec model will be unveiled next October at the Paris Motor Show, and the U.S.-spec version will greet the public for the first time at the Los Angeles Motor show that will open its doors to the public next November.
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2015 Kia Sorento unveiled with upscale styling

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Debuts at the Paris Motor Show

Kia has taken the wraps off the 2015 Sorento.
Set to debut at the Paris Motor Show, the crossover has an evolutionary design but appears significantly more upscale than its predecessor.
Starting up front, there's a prominent "tiger-nose" grille with a three-dimensional diamond pattern. The crossover also has sweptback headlights, a gently sloping roofline and a higher beltline. Other notable highlights include plastic body cladding, chrome trim and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
The 2015 Sorento measures 4780mm long, 1685mm tall and rides on a wheelbase that spans 2780mm - an increase of 80mm.
Interior pictures were not released but Kia says we can expect a more accommodating cabin with "numerous innovative features."
Engine options remain a mystery but petrol options are expected to include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter V6. There could also be 2.0- and 2.2-liter CRDi diesels as well as a new hybrid variant.
The 2015 Sorento will be introduced in South Korea later this month, so stay tuned for additional information.




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Kia takes the wraps off new Sorento





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We've seen the spy shots (twice) and we've seen the teaser images, but now Kia has finally revealed the finished form of its upcoming new Sorento crossover.

Taking some styling cues from the Kia Cross GT concept from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but with better proportions, the new Sorento packs a more pronounced grille in an altogether more aggressive (though not necessarily better-looking) front end than the model it replaces. Sheet metal is more sculpted all around, and despite the wrap-around taillights, the rear end looks familiar.

The new Sorento stretches 3.7-inches longer overall, on a 3-inch longer wheelbase, but sits half an inch lower, promising more interior space and of course updated equipment and features. The Eco Dynamics badge on the tailgate suggests the availability of green tech like stop/start ignition and such. Kia will reveal the new Sorento in Korea later this month ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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llowing a preview earlier this month, Kia has introduced the 2015 Sorento in South Korea.
Oddly billed as the "man on the road," the Sorento has an upscale exterior with a "tiger-nose" grille that features a three-dimensional diamond pattern. The crossover also has sweptback headlights, a gently sloping roofline and a higher beltline. Other notable highlights include plastic body cladding, chrome trim and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
The interior isn't as impressive but it features a three-spoke steering wheel, chrome trim and wood grain accents. Options apparently include heated / cooled seats, a JBL audio system and an infotainment system with GPS navigation. The model can also be equipped with a panorama sunroof that uses carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
In South Korea, the Sorento will be offered with two different diesel engines. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 186 PS (136 kW) and 402 Nm (296 lb-ft) of torque, while the 2.2-liter unit churns out 202 PS (148 kW) and 441 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque.



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2016 Kia Sorento gets chrome wheels for US-spec model ahead of Los Angeles launch

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Chrome mirrors as well

Kia has released the first image depicting the US-spec 2016MY Sorento which will premiere in less than two weeks at Los Angeles Auto Show.
Last month in Paris we saw the all-new Sorento in European specification and now Kia is providing a first glimpse at its American sibling which will adopt a set of flashy chrome wheels. The same shiny treatment has been applied onto the side mirrors and chances are this finish will be reserved to the upper-spec models.
Another major difference is the adoption of "ice cube" fog lights as seen in the Optima and the Euro-spec cee'd GT models while the orange turn signals are no surprise given the U.S. rules. There aren't any details available about the model right now but Kia Motors America did announce the 2016MY Sorento will be sold in L, LX, EX, SX and SXL trim levels and with up to three-row seating.
We remind you the Euro model is available in both five- and seven-seat versions and can be had with a four-cylinder 2.4-liter gasoline engine delivering 188 HP & 241 Nm. This motor could make it stateside unlike the 185 HP & 402 Nm 2.0-liter and 200 HP & 441 Nm 2.2-liter turbodiesels available for the Euro-spec variant.
All the details will likely be available on November 18 during the first press day of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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2016 Kia Sorento arrives in L.A. with three engines [video]


Kia has introduced the 2016 Sorento at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Looking virtually identical to the Asian and European variants, the the US-spec model has an upscale design with a "tiger-nose" grille that features a three-dimensional diamond pattern. The crossover also has sweptback headlights, a gently sloping roofline and a higher beltline. Other notable highlights include chrome trim, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 17- to 19-inch alloy wheels.
The entry-level model is sparsely equipped but features air conditioning, faux wood trim and a touchscreen infotainment system with a tiny 4.3-inch display. However, higher-end variants offer Nappa leather upholstery, heated / ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof. Other options include a 12-speaker Infinity audio system and a UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch display.
Under the hood, three engines will be available. The entry-level model has a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that develops 185 bhp (138 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm) of torque. Moving up to the turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder rewards buyers with 240 bhp (179 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Last but not least, there's a 3.3-liter GDI V6 with 290 bhp (216 kW) and 252 lb-ft (341 Nm) of torque.
All three engines are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

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2016 Kia Sorento

A Little Turbo Spice, A Lot More Nice



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Engine:Turbo 2.0L I4Power:240 HP / 260 LB-FTTransmission:6-Speed AutoDrivetrain:Front-Wheel DriveEngine Placement:FrontSeating:2+3Cargo:74 CU-FT (max)MPG:20 City / 27 HWYWarranty:10 Years / 100,000 MilesBase Price:$25,795As-Tested Price:$45,305


Teenagers are awkward, predictably provocative and generally horrible to be around – at least unless you, yourself are one. There's just something about those angst-ridden years spent trying on identities, none fitting quite right. Luckily for Kia, the automaker has just celebrated its 20th birthday in America, and fresh out of the driver's seat of its 2016 Sorento – dare we say it – we sense a touch of self-assured maturity. Don't worry; we expect the automaker's antics – including super-freak athletes jumping over an Optima at the NBA All-Star game and the employment of urban hamsters – to continue. Thankfully, offering unremarkable vehicles in pretty competitive segments seems officially a thing of Kia's history e-book.

To be fair, we've seen a pleasing Korean Renaissance for a few years now, and we're not just talking hot pots and bulgogi – 2015 Hyundai Genesis, anyone? Kia Optima SX? Soul? So where exactly does this third-gen 2016 Sorento fit in? Actually, we're not sure Kia knows that either; its product planners tell us that this miraculous crossover competes with variously sized vehicles including the compact Jeep Cherokee, markedly larger Grand Cherokee, and even the family-hauling three-row Toyota Highlander. But Kia is also not completely off its rocker, because the Sorento suffers (benefits?) from severe bipolar disorder in terms of pricing. While you can get a base L model for $25,795 after delivery – there are five trim levels including L, LX, EX, SX, and top-of-the-line SXL – the fancy SXL 2.0T with all-wheel drive we tested was priced at $45,305. That's a difference of almost $20k, with the latter model reaches a completely different, almost premium demographic.

And there's more. Sometimes the Sorento seats five, other times it can party hard with seven. There are three very different engine flavors to choose from: a carryover 2.4-liter four-cylinder will greet entry-level buyers with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. A meatier V6 – good for 290 hp and 252 lb-ft – will come on three-row models only, while the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four option, good for 240 horses and 260 lb-ft comes on two-row models exclusively.

Kia will offer all-wheel drive on all Sorento models.
When we spoke with Steve Hirashiki, Kia's head Sorento product planner, he told us the turbocharged engine is a little sportier, a good fit for a five seater, while larger families and those with towing needs will appreciate three rows and a heartier engine.

Regardless of which engine you prefer, it'll be mated exclusively to the six-speed automatic transmission that was available on the last-generation Sorento, though we're told more cogs are in the works – possibly to match the Cherokee's nine-speed unit. In response to the harsh Northeast winters of the past couple years, Kia says it will offer all-wheel drive on all Sorento models; The DynaMax-branded system will run an additional $1,800. Fortunately, with the most severe storm California has seen in a half-decade greeting us on the day of our Lake Tahoe drive, our models had power delivered to all four wheels.

In fact, a heavy dose of wet snow greeted us as we raced over to the first model we'd test, and quickly we were out of the soggy cold, and into the firm, supportive and well-bolstered dark gray leather seats. Kia has optional 14-way power adjustment for the driver, and eight-way for the passenger. Immediately noticeable was the new instrument cluster: its heart is digital, attractive and features red needles over white numerals. The optional eight-inch UVO color touchscreen looks modern, flanked by buttons for the audio system, media and navigation system, and features proper knobs on either side for volume and to scroll through the menus.


There is a nice, harmonious and premium-looking cabin to be had if you select the right trim.
At a glance, the center stack looks like a hybrid offering from Jeep and Volkswagen. Under the touchscreen are climate controls with individual knobs for the driver and passenger, and below that are two buttons for heated seats, and three blank do-nothing buttons for what would be the ventilated front seats – the Sorento has optional heated and cooled seats up front, with heat for rear passengers as an additional option. We also noted a blank button presumably for a heated steering wheel, something our pansy-California fingers appreciate on even mild mornings. Further down is a handy storage cubby with USB and power plugs.

Near the shifter and the chrome-ringed cupholders are three additional buttons: one for the three selectable drive modes – Normal, Sport, and Eco, all of which adjust steering and shift points only – as well as buttons for the parking radar and lock mode. The lock mode should prove handy if you find yourself in deep snow or a ditch, distributing power 50/50 to both front and rear axles for better traction at speeds up to 20 mph.

With the Kia Sorento, it's a tale of two interiors, but the takeaway is that there is a nice, harmonious and premium-looking cabin to be had if you select the right trim. We sampled a lower-end V6 model (not pictured), and came away wanting more refinement. Contrasting colors and hues and a mish-mosh of textures and styles reflect the old Kia design language more than the company's new, more premium direction – especially around the area where the door meets the dash, where the dish on offer is "plastic seven ways."
The strangest part was that when we switched out of the V6 and into the 2.0T model seen here with the burgundy Nappa leather interior a few hours later (said to be inspired by a Porsche Cayenne that was casually sitting around Kia's design studio), everything was mysteriously resolved. On this trim, the material hues more closely matched, and the cabin appointments appeared more upscale. Of course, some of that is to be expected – it was priced at $45,305, a full $4,500 up the ladder, but the difference was quite profound.

Cargo room is abundant at 74 cubic feet overall, but with the third row up, you're limited to 11 cubes.
Regardless of which trim you spring for, you'll find plenty of space. Rear-seaters will find good knee- and legroom, and even taller passengers should be content with headroom. Indeed, while Kia has extended the proportions of this third-gen Sorento – length and wheelbase swell by about 3.0 inches apiece – height has been reduced 0.5-inches. The latter doesn't really translate into reduced cabin space, and the optional panoramic sunroof keeps things airy and open.

Cargo room is abundant at 74 cubic feet overall, but with the third row up, you're limited to 11 cubes – an increase from the paltry 9.1 cu-ft previously offered. That's about the same as the trunk on a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The good news for those with a third row, folding the 50/50 split seats is a breeze – a simple pull on the lever quickly folds them flat. They can also be raised and locked into position just as effortlessly. The second row offers a 40/20/40 split, meaning you can easily fit longer objects like a snowboard or skis while still maximizing passenger space.

But the pressing question, as we descended our 290-hp, V6-powered Sorento down towards Reno, NV, was... how does it drive?


This will be the first time the Sorento is offered with a turbo engine, but Kia expects that just 20 percent of customers will opt for it.
Pedal down on the throttle, we quickly observed the engine's power comes on in a smooth, linear fashion. Power is appropriate, although once at highway speed, there is a discernible lag if you mash the gas, meaning it'll take a moment to build passing momentum. And while lag is often associated with turbo engines, the 2.0T, which we got to sample next, was almost entirely absent of the stuff, especially once at speed. In fact, while the V6 is a good engine, the 2.0-liter turbo felt far sprightlier, and it seemed to have power at the ready whenever called upon. It might be a little slower off the line, but we don't anticipate Sorento owners will be exactly drag racing. And with EPA 2.0T front-wheel fuel economy ratings estimated at 20/27/23 miles per gallon city/highway/combined, you stand to get a couple more mpg, too. While it's true there's a 50-hp difference to contend with, it's not one you'll really feel. If you need three rows or plan to tow – the 2016 Sorento is capable of towing 5,000 pounds when equipped with AWD – then the V6 is the engine for you. If you don't need the extra seats or have the need for towing, the turbo-four will satisfy.

And while this will be the first year the Sorento is offered with a turbo, Kia conservatively expects that just 20 percent of customers will opt for it, while the other 80 percent of buyers will be split right down the middle between the two naturally aspirated engines. Sadly, Kia didn't have the 2.4-liter available for us to test.

But back to the drive. How's the carryover six-speed automatic? Not bad, actually. Gearshifts are smooth, and while the next transmission Kia will eventually offer will have more cogs and presumably a little better fuel economy, it's certainly no reason to hold out.


Kia engineers are making no small stink about the great lengths they have gone to in an effort to reduce NVH.
Regardless of which engine is powering your Sorento, you'll appreciate the accurate, linear steering. This surprised us not because it was so spectacular, but more so because it represents a dramatic improvement from Kia's steering efforts of just a few years ago. All day, whether it was hurtling into the occasional sharp turn, following the sloping mountain roads, or just making a right-hander in the city, the steering was intuitive, and did what it was supposed to. And with slick roads taking the brunt of a massive storm, the confidence-inspiring DynaMax AWD never wavered. Furthermore, despite the poor condition of some of the roads, the suspension and newly revised chassis seemed well prepared to handle road imperfections, making for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Kia engineers are making no small stink about the great lengths they have gone to in an effort to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), employing insulating and drag-reducing panels on the underbody. The panels must have been doing their job, because despite massive gusts, rough roads and stormy weather, the cabin was a relatively serene place. And while there's harmony on the inside, on the outside, things have been dialed up a little aesthetically. The Sorento's higher, sporty grille makes a bold statement upon first viewing. Most striking perhaps, and an option we would seriously consider, are the LED positioning lights, four bulbs housed under each headlight, bearing the trademark "jeweled" look we've seen before from the head of Hyundai and Kia design – and former Audi designer – Peter Schreyer. HID headlights are available in the $2,500 Tech Package, which also includes smart cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, surround view monitor, forward-collision mitigation and an electronic parking brake.

The 2016 Sorento has been comprehensively upgraded, and its charms are more diverse than ever. With three engines to choose from, seating for five to seven, a more upscale interior and better driving dynamics, Kia's latest entry into this red-hot class might not be the most dynamically gifted or the most visually distinct model in its class, but it's a seriously well-rounded, well-considered crossover.
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Kia has, over these last 20 years, become legitimately mainstream in America. With successes like the Optima, Soul, and Forte, not to mention forays into the luxury market with no less than NBA star Lebron James peddling the K900, they clearly have relevancy across many different segments. With no intention of slowing down, they flew us to Lake Tahoe to sample the latest in their lineup, the 2016 Kia Sorento.

It has been a long row to hoe for the brand. Starting humbly, as a car of last resort, they, along with sister company Hyundai, helped to pioneer such thoughtful differences as a 10-year/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty. We aren't sure about the early days, but we'd bet today that the warranty ends up costing the company a fraction of what it used to. Heck, it's probably not even needed any more, but we appreciate the fact it's still offered. In initial quality reports, the brand ranks in sixth place. At one point in their early history, they managed no better than dead last.

Which begs the point, if other manufacturers are so confident in their latest and greatest, why don't they offer such a guarantee, too?

What's new?
Launching with just two vehicles in 1994, Kia's lineup now boasts a dozen different car and utility models.

For 2016 (to be offered in January 2015, but more on that later), Kia introduced the third generation Sorento with a new stylized design, a choice of three engines and two drive systems. And if you have to haul up to seven people, they have you covered as well.

Powered by a buyer's choice of a 185 horsepower, 2.4-liter Inline four-cylinder engine with 178 lb-ft of torque, followed by a 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 260 lb-ft of torque, and finally, a 290 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 252 lb-ft of torque, there are obviously a variety of options to choose from. If you need a turbo, prepare to give up seating, as it only accommodates five passengers. If you need to tow up to 5,000-pounds, the 3.3-liter V6 is your go-to vehicle. If your wallet is doing the talking, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is your choice.

All Sorento powertrains are mated to an electronically governed six-speed automatic transmission with three selectable drive modes -- Sport, Normal or Eco. The Sorento lacks steering wheel paddle shifters, however, so you're stuck using the gear lever for shift in sport mode.


Kia claims the new Sorento is "primed for adventure" with its Dynamax All Wheel Drive (AWD) System ($1,800) with continuous traction monitoring. Available with all engine choices, it is continuously variable up to a 50:50 ratio. The AWD Sorento also includes Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC). When it senses understeer, it will apply the inside rear brakes to bring the car back under control.

The Sorento rides on an independent MacPherson strut system with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in front and an independent multilink kit in the rear that features a stabilizer bar and dual flow dampers for a more accommodating ride quality. Steering is by a motor-driven power rack and pinion system.

About that 2016 model designation: Kia officials reason that being offered in the 2015 model year as a 2016 model will be more attractive to certain buyers. They think customers who are early adopters by nature will question why they should buy a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, GMC Terrain, Jeep Cherokee, or Toyota Highlander when they can buy a 2016 Kia Sorento instead.

Thick Skinned
Not literally, but this third generation Sorento is more capable than the models before it. Bigger, too. Stronger shoulders, a long nose, and other details including LED fog lamps and rear taillights up the ante, and dress it up further.

For those pre-measuring their garage space, the wheelbase has increased by 3.1-inches to 109.4-inches. Width grows an incremental 0.2-inches to 74.4-inches, while height and overall length measure in at 66.3- and 187.4-inches, respectively.

Inside, the 2016 Sorento features more refined details and soft touch materials than ever before. New easy to clean fabric seating surfaces join the standard grade- or K900-based Nappa-grade leather in covering an available 14-way driver's and 8-way passenger seat. Heated and ventilated in the front, they are also heated in the second row. Third row occupants get their own vents. Our testers were equipped with heated steering wheels and power sunroofs. Hi-tech accoutrements are all-over as well, and include a 630-watt, 12-speaker Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi technology that rebuilds the audio signal that is sometimes lost with digital compression. As a result, we found a system with barely any distortion that could potentially cause your ears to bleed out. Other tech extras included lane departure warning, smart cruise control, an around view monitor, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning.

Kia one-upped all the other manufacturers who offer sweep-foot technology to open the rear hatch with their new Smart power lift gate. Using no kicking, sweeping or waving, it only requires a walk within a coverage zone for it to lift on its own. Once opened, owners can configure the seats to provide 9.1-cubic feet behind the third row, 36.9- behind the middle row, and 72.5-cubic feat with both rear seats folded forward.

Road tripping
We tested all-wheel-drive versions of the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the five-passenger model and found a Sorento with a good view of the road ahead and comfort inside. Power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was smooth throughout its range, with no hunting for a specific gear from the six-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, it seems as though, in the words of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, the Sorento's get up and go done got up and went.

In several tests on Lake Tahoe back roads, we were only able to muster a zero-to-60 mph best of 9.7-seconds best from the 3,878-pounder with power launches and traction control disabled.

With little torque at the lower end of the powerband, we can only surmise that the turbo was mapped with an eye towards fuel economy, (Kia estimates 27 highway) rather than off-the-line prowess. On the other hand, power in the mid to upper ranges was plentiful, making such moves as passing back-to-back eighteen-wheelers an effortless exercise.

Perhaps a mapping profile can be reprogrammed in before Turbo-Sorentos start to show up at dealerships.

On the other hand, power from the 3.3-liter V6 was plentiful and smooth with a large degree of refinement that managed to suppress extraneous road noise from entering the cabin. Our perfect road-tripper, it displayed enough oomph to capably tow up to 5,000-pounds in an AWD configuration.

Leftlane's bottom line
Kia redesigns and refines the Sorento CUV to offer more capabilities than ever before. Offered in three engine and two drivetrain choices, not to mention space for five- and seven-passengers, there is something for the needs of most drivers. We'll wait to spend time with a hopefully revised turbocharged I-4 but it's hard to carp about the brand's dollar to value ratio.

2016 Kia Sorento
Base L 2.4-liter FWD $24,900
Base SXL 3.3-liter AWD $28,300
Sorento EX 2.0T AWD $32,900
Sorento Limited 3.3 AWD $43,100
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2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD


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There's certainly a lot of swagger in Kia's (and sister company Hyundai's) walk these days. Following J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study (IQS) June 2015 report, which placed the pair within the top four brands, it's easy to see why. If this were a court of law, the 2015 Kia Sorento SXL would be "Exhibit A."


Redesigned for 2016, the Sorento represents an ongoing effort on the part of the brand and its Peter Schreyer-led design team to keep moving forward. Let's see if it has been a successful journey so far.

What is it?
Kia's version of a premium grade, mid-sized CUV, the Sorento is re-imagined based on a 2013 concept vehicle. Because ours is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas direct injection engine that makes 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, it is a five-passenger vehicle (other engines can be paired with a third-row bench). That four-banger is married to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic capabilities for those who like to row it themselves. We do think the addition of steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers would be a welcome addition.

The unibody structure that makes up the Sorento now boasts of 53-percent high-strength steel. Through its high-strength bondings and new sealing techniques, Kia claims the vehicle is stronger and quieter than ever.

Our SXL sampler was mated to a full-time all-wheel-drive system that featured "torque on demand," with a locking center differential. The Dynamax system features continuous traction monitoring to move the grip around, as needed, up to a 50:50 bias. Another welcomed bit is the inclusion of Torque Vector Cornering Control, which uses inside rear braking to tighten the turning circle when it senses understeer.

The SXL rides on a widely used MacPherson strut front/Multilink rear kit that by now is nearly the standard of the industry. Dual-flow dampers help to smooth out the ride, while the console-mounted Driver Mode Select button with its Normal, Sport and Eco settings allow operators to tailor the shift points and steering feel from the motor-driven power steering system.

Like the story of Goldilocks, the Sorento comes in three sizes -- of engines. The base offering is the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that makes 178 horsepower. There is our 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine in the middle, while those needing a third row for seating up to seven-passengers must opt for the 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6. While only the L model includes the base 2.4-liter, all others can be equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo four or the 3.3-liter V6. All models may be outfitted with a choice of front or all-wheel-drive.

Our SXL has a towing capacity of 3,500-pounds. Those needing capacity up to 5,000-pounds should select the V6 optioned CUV.

What's it up against?
At one time the Sorento squared off against such luminaries as the Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee. With this latest generation, it steps up to the big boy table to face off with the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Toyota Highlander.

How does it look?
This third-generation Sorento is gifted with a more mature appearance than previous models, which tended to veer more in a curvy direction rather than the soft box look we see today. Instead, what we have is a five-door hatchbacked SUV with a prominent proboscis and adequately wide shoulders at the rear. Lacking in flash, it instead conveys a feeling of competence that some other manufacturers tend to destroy with a flourish here or some bling there. Don't worry, they've included some bling here too, in the form of LED fog lamps and taillights.

But if bling ain't your thing, you have other choices. The Sorento can be had in five degrees of trim ranging from the base L, LX, EX, SX and our SX-Limited version.

Dimensionally, the Sorrento has grown as well. Designers stretched its wheelbase by 3.1 inches to 109.4 inches. It is now 74.4 inches wide and 66.3 inches tall. It now stretches from 187.4 inches, bumper-to-bumper. Measure your garage out for yourself, and don't say we didn't warn you.

And the inside?
While the inside seems rather conservative and actually more retro in its appearance, there's no denying that the materials used have raised the bar, as far as Kia interior design is concerned. Soft touch material is everywhere, from door panels to the dashboard and other locations. Our Merlot-hued Nappa leather seats offered all day comfort during extended drive times behind the wheel. While both seating rows were heated, we really appreciated the cold air ventilation up front that helped to keep the flop sweats at bay during an August in the southeast.

Tuneage from the 630-watt, 10-speaker Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi technology was on board that actually rebuilds the audio signal that is lost in the digital compression process. Our Sorento included the SXL Technology package with such extras that included lane departure warning, smart cruise control, an around view monitor, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning. Oh, and then there was a huge panoramic sunroof.

Kia's sweep-foot technology allowed us to open the rear hatch with their new smart power lift gate. Using no kicking, sweeping or waving, we simply walked within a zone for it to lift on its own. Once opened, the hatch exposed us to 36.9-cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which grew to 72.5-cubic feet when that row was folded forward.

But does it go?
Acceleration from the Kia Sorento's four-pot turbocharged 2.0-liter engine was a smooth operator, depending on which drive mode we used. With Normal as the, uh, most normal of the drive modes, it was generally smooth sailing from launch. It was only when selecting Sport mode that things began to get a bit choppy. By that, we felt the transmission was harsher than we would have liked, when starting or coming to a halt, perhaps jumping a cog or two on purpose.

Extremely quiet inside, there was virtually no interior noise present, save for the swoosh sound that seemed to be a by-product of the Sorento's 19-inch all-season tires. The CUV's MacPherson struts and multilink rear suspension offered a competent ride without harshness and side travel that sometimes occurs while traversing over railroad grade crossings, for instance.

Still the nature of the beast is that it's not a sports car, nor would we expect it to handle like one. Having said that, we were impressed with the ability of the Sorento to handle quick right-left-right maneuvers without upsetting the vehicle and its occupants. Credit the motor driven steering for that. At the end of the day, the SXL was well-composed with a cushiony ride that seemed lifted from a vehicle twice as expensive.

The EPA estimates our 4,004-pound Sorento could achieve 19-city/25 highway, with a 22 mpg average. We managed to best that, hitting 23.6 mpg combined.

Leftlane's bottom line
South Korea's second brand proves it's no slouch when it comes to features and technology. Through a variety of engine choices and trim configurations, it can match, feature for feature, virtually any brand in the segment, including its own Hyundai sibling. So capable, we think it should be on most buyers' short lists.

2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD base price, $41,700. As tested, $45,095.
SXL Technology package with Xenon HID Headlights, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Electronic Parking Brake, Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control, $2,500; Nappa Leather seating, N/C;
Destination Fee, $895.






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Kia Sorento slated for a significant facelift


The Kia Sorento is only a couple of years old but it appears the company is already working on a facelifted variant.
Spied on the back of a trailer, the heavily camouflaged prototype features a revised grille and restyled headlights. The rear end is also disguised and appears to have a new rear bumper and a sportier dual exhaust system.


Little else is known about the model but the crossover is expected to receive an updated interior that features higher quality materials and an improved design. Nothing is official as of yet but the interior is expected to be influenced by the recently introduced Mohave.


Technical details remain elusive but our spy photographer notes the current Sorento is codenamed UM while this particular prototype is codenamed QM. Kia doesn't normally change the codename for facelifted model so this suggests the facelifted Sorento will receive some significant modifications which may include a revised suspension and an updated engine lineup.


There's no word on specifics but the current model can be equipped with three different engines in the United States including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 hp, and a 3.3-liter V6 that develops 290 hp.














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2018 Kia Sorento Facelift, Release Date News & Rumors



Latest news about the 2018 Kia Sorento changes, release date, prices
The Kia Sorento 7-seater is the top selling SUV for Kia in the US, and the popular model is ready to get a facelift.
It has been 3 years since the third-generation model revealed, which puts it right at the mid-cycle phase, which is where facelifts are usually applied.
We got to see what those changes look like with an unveiling in South Korea, and while they are subtle, they are still noticeable.
We have some images available from that reveal, and will now talk about some of the changes made.
Design Changes to the 2018 Kia Sorento
The front of the 2018 Kia Sorento features an updated chrome grille, as well as more refined LED headlights that include daytime running lights.
The car shown in the images is brown, and it certainly looks very classy when you take into account the gloss black intake surrounds and the new quad fog light setup up front.
The back of the new Kia Sorento features chrome exhaust finishers that are more angular than before, new look taillights, and reflectors that now sit higher than they used to.
The new model also gets redesigned 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as a new set of running boards.
Technical upgrades
The outgoing Sorento’s came equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, but this model is moving up to Kia’s new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The means an improvement in fuel efficiency, acceleration, and even better NVH levels than before, not to mention a much more comfortable ride.
2018 Kia Sorento U.S. release date
There is no word yet from Kia US on when the 2018 Sorento will officially be released, Chances are that our first view of the new model in the US will be in November at the LA Auto Show, while the Frankfurt show is likely when it will be unveiled in Europe.
What changes to expect on U.S. models?
We believe that the US version of the facelifted Sorento will be exactly the same as the one shown off in Korea.
That said, we can expect the trim levels to be different, and we also believe that the US-spec model will have at least 1 or 2 different exterior color options available. We also don’t expect to see any major shift in pricing, with any potential increases being minimal.
We will keep you up to date with all the news on the 2018 Kia Sorento as we get it.
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