First Photos of 2016 Kia Sorento Revealed
Key Dimensions Split Difference Between Santa Fe, Highlander
Photos of the 2016 Kia Sorento have been revealed ahead of its official public reveal at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. Although no mechanical details were released on the new model, we were given a few key dimensions on the new model, including wheelbase, length and height.
Compared to the current 2015 model Sorento, the ‘16 model is approximately four inches longer, growing from 184.4 inches to 188.2 inches, two inches shorter, going from 68.3 to 66.3 inches, and a wheelbase that is 3.1 inches longer, from 106.3 to 109.4 inches. Interestingly, these figures are not identical to those of the long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe, which as an overall length of 193.1 inches, a height of 66.5 inches, and a wheelbase of 110.2 inches.
Aside from height, the new Sorento is actually closest to the new 2014 Toyota Highlander, with both the wheelbase and overall length less than a half-inch shorter than the Toyota, with height being about 1.5 inches shorter.
Likewise, the new Sorento’s side profile and rear three-quarter angles show a distinct similarity to the Highlander. The front end of the new Sorento is a more rounded evolution of Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille, with a silver finish lower bumper lip both front and rear.
In terms of what will be under the hood, it’s likely a version of the current 3.3L direct-injected V-6 will continue to power most U.S.-bound Sorentos, with a 2.4L I-4 base engine a possibility. Kia has also hinted at the possibility of diesel engines for some of its future U.S. models, and the 2016 Sorento could be one of the first. A diesel engine is all but a certainty for European and global markets. More detailed specifications are expected at its official reveal in October.