The Kia Sorento SUV is up for a redesign next year, and we will be seeing the redesigned version soon when it debuts next month in Kia’s home market of South Korea. In the meantime, Kia has issued a few teaser photos and videos of this next-generation crossover, showing off its more muscular lines and larger footprint.
The 2016 Kia Sorento looks to grow in size compared with the current version, at least based on the proportions of the SUV shown in these sketches. The current Kia Sorento is more of a midsize crossover, but this new version will likely fall in line with traditional three-row crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse. This may mean that the new Sorento is based on the same platform as the redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona minivan, which would make for increased interior room compared with the current Sorento and possibly improve its cramped third-row seat. It’s also possible that the new 2016 Kia Sorento shares its architecture with the Hyundai Santa Fe three-row SUV.
The 2016 Kia Sorento looks to be the latest in a string of clean, attractive exterior designs from Kia, as it adopts Kia’s traditional “Tiger” grille that’s flanked by modern-looking headlights with an LED accent strip. The profile of the Sorento avoids the slab-sided look of many larger crossovers thanks to an interesting character line that runs along the lower flank, and the rear end displays a similar look to the aforementioned Kia Sedona minivan with its simple, horizontal LED taillights. The fairly upright rear greenhouse suggests that Kia has made an effort to make the third row more spacious.
Expect the 2016 Kia Sorento to be powered by a direct-injection V-6 engine, most likely the same 3.3-liter unit that makes around 290 hp in numerous Kia and Hyundai models. A turbocharged four-cylinder option may be in the cards for better fuel economy as well. Like in the outgoing Sorento, front-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive as an option. Given the new Sorento’s larger size, we would expect prices to go up from the current car’s base price of $25,195 with destination.
Look for more information about the 2016 Kia Sorento to come out next month as it debuts in South Korea, with the U.S.-spec version likely to make an appearance at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November.