2016 Kia Sorento Release Date, Review, Price, Specs – After an extended run with the gorgeous looking crossover styling, the Kia Sorento is prepared to shift generations. The new 2016 Kia Sorento will be the third generation model and has already made a debut at this year’s Paris auto show.
Nonetheless, it won’t be offered before late 2015 as a next year’s model. the new Sorento will not only bring a new styling for the crossover but will also bring on board a new modern look and better specs for all upcoming Kia’s line up.
Buyers looking for a midsize SUV will find the new Sorento very appealing. It comes with a spacious interior which should be enough to persuade large families to shop for a 2016 Kia Sorento.
Below is a review about the 2016 Kia Sorento which is intended to keep you updated on every aspect that pertains to the new mid-size SUV.
2016 Kia Sorento exterior
The new 2016 Kia Sorento will make a debut with a refreshed outlook. It will come with a larger wheelbase, wider frame and a slightly lower roof. The anterior fascia has been revamped and all upcoming Kia’s models will come in a similar fashion.
The grille is now wider and has a shape that resembles a convectional mild trapezoid shape, while the headlamps are angular and laid backwards. On the other hand, the taillights are bigger and trapezoidal shaped.
The roof mounted spoiler’s shape is impressive while the D-pillars have the possibility of interfering with the driver’s visibility to some extent. The new 2016 Kia Sorento will come in different colours: the palette of colours will include Silky Silver, Platinum Graphite, Snow White Pearl, Imperial Bronze, Aurora Black Pearl and Metal Stream.
2016 Kia Sorento interior
As aforementioned, the interior of the new 2016 Kia Sorento is more spacious and the third row has enough breathing room. The seat’s upholstery remains leather as a standard feature with even entry level Kia’s model having the option to receive some of these.
Limited models will come with premium nappa leather upholstery for a guaranteed borderline luxury appeal. The dashboard is flatter than what we were used to previously while the instrument panel has a horizontal spacing.
An eight-inch infotainment screen is available from EX models upwards, while USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary input jacks are standard across the whole line up. Moreover, models that are upwards the EX will come with a ten speaker audio system, ventilated front seats, blind spot detection system and driver’s seat memory.
Insofar as the safety of the passengers is concerned, the new 2016 Kia Sorento will come with a back-up warning system and a rear view camera provided either as optional or standard across the whole line-up.
2016 Kia Sorento Engine Specs
The trim levels won’t be changed and their powertrains as well. The base LX model will get a 2.4L 1-4 GDI engine with 185 hp and 178 pounds of torque. On the other hand, the SX Limited and EX trims will be available with a 2L turbocharged GDI powerplant that will be able to deliver 240 hp and 260 pounds of torque.
Higher trims will be available in a 3.3L V6 engine and will be able to develop 290 horsepower and 252 pounds of torque. Both the all-wheel drive and front wheel drive will be available throughout the line-up.
The transmission will be six-speed which will be offered as standard while the towing load will be 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The base four cylinder powertrain is rated at 20/27 mpg in the city/highway with the front wheel drive while the all-wheel drive will give you 19/25 mpg.
2016 Kia Sorento price (MSRP) and release date
The msrp of the standard 2016 Kia Sorento line up is as follows; the base L model with 2.4L engine and FWD will cost $24,900, 2.4L LX with FWD will cost $26,200 while that with the AWD will cost $28,000.
The upper trim levels with either 3.3L LX or 3.3L EX will cost up to 43,100 USD. In the United States market, the 2016 Kia Sorento will brace for competition which will emanate from the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot.
Though the auto maker has not announced the specific release date of the 2016 Kia Sorento, we should expect the new Sorento to make its North American debut late this year during the LA Auto Show.