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  • Monster 2016 Kia Sorento Teased Before SEMA

Monster 2016 Kia Sorento Teased Before SEMA

Mommy-Mobile Crossover Gets Mean

Oct 23, 2015
The Kia Sorento is a perfectly respectable, refined and well-equipped midsize crossover. But it’s hardly the stuff of off-road dreams, at least in stock form. Kia is hoping to change some perceptions with the Sorento it’s building up for the upcoming SEMA Show. Built in conjunction with PacWest, from the single shot released of the front, and a brief 22-second teaser video, to say the crossover has been modified for its Las Vegas debut would be an understatement.
From the front, there are enough LEDs to blind Mr. Magoo, a custom tubular front bumper, including skid plates and a winch, a black mesh grille, front air snorkel, and Nitto Trail Grappler tires. The custom lower control arms from the photo are confirmed by the brief teaser video, which also shows plenty of custom paint and graphics being applied. Through the front windshield, we can see custom upholstered front seats with the “KIA” logo stitched into the headrests.
While we certainly appreciate Kia’s attempt at giving the handsome, but mild-mannered Sorento a shot of adrenaline, we seriously doubt it’s going to revert back to a body-on-frame, live-axle chassis with low-range four-wheel-drive, at least in showroom form. How wild will this concept be? Tune back in on November 3 next week to find out!