Third-Gen Kia Sorento Shown in Euro Spec at Paris Motor Show
2016 CUV Goes Longer, Lower, Wider
Kia Motors Corporation unveiled the newest Sorento crossover in Paris today, as expected. Images of the Sorento were shown in August but details were sparse. Today, however, Kia released some more information about its top-line CUV, at least in European spec.
For 2016, the Sorento gets an evolutionary redesign, with an updated “tiger-nose” grille with a diamond pattern that Kia says is inspired by the Cross GT concept of 2013. Wraparound headlights join up with prominent foglights that give the Sorento a pretty interesting front-end graphic, although we must admit, the headlights look a lot like the ones from the previous Ford Mondeo.
The Sorento keeps its signature delta-shaped D-pillar, which leads to an updated rear end featuring large taillights and a tailgate that looks like it has an awfully high liftover. It’s a handsome design, and although it’s a bit anonymous, the signature grille makes sure everyone knows it’s a Kia.
The 2016 Sorento is a bit larger than the current model, measuring 3.8 inches longer, 0.2 inches wider, and 2.0 inches lower, with an extra 3.1 inches between the wheels. These measurements pay dividends when combined with the revised styling, as the car looks much more planted and stable than before.
Inside, the Sorento is larger as well, with headroom and legroom increased for everyone, whether or not the car is optioned with the available third row. Cargo space is up as well. Additionally, the interior has been completely redesigned to make the car feel more spacious. The expansive dashboard wraps into the door panels, and long, unbroken horizontal lines throughout the interior give the impression of width and space. Kia was quick to point out the new Sorento’s body structure has more torsional rigidity than before, and new soundproofing materials have made the interior three to six percent quieter than the old car. Anyone who’s experienced the freeway drone of lesser vehicles is sure to greet this news enthusiastically. More use of high-strength steel in the body structure helps reduce noise, vibration, and harshness, but it also gives the Sorento better passive safety, according to Kia.
North American powertrain details haven’t been released, but in Europe, the Sorento will come with a choice of 2.0L and 2.2L diesel I-4 engines and a 2.0L gasoline I-4. You can probably bet that the United States will get a V-6 option, along with the gasoline I-4. Rumors have gone around that Kia may also bring us a diesel, and the Sorento would be a logical application for an oil-burner.
Source: Kia Motors Corporation