When you think of the Kia Sorento, you usually expect to see the five- or seven-passenger family crossover plying carpool lanes and paved urban streets. At the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, however, Kia will introduce a version of the Sorento meant for much tougher use.
Dubbed the PacWest Adventure Sorento, the modified crossover appears to take design cues from rough-and-tumble trucks like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Its front bumper has been replaced with a metal skid plate and brush bars, with additional LED lighting to light the way through dense trails at night. A custom suspension helps elevate the Sorento’s ride height, new wheels and tires are better suited to grappling through dirt, and there’s even a secondary light bar mounted atop the roof. The Kia Sorento also features a snorkel air intake so it can wade through deep water without drowning the engine, although Kia has not yet said whether the off-road version of its crossover uses the model’s 185-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine, the optional 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four, or its 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine.
As with the majority of manufacturer-sponsored SEMA projects, this off-roading Kia Sorento will almost certainly remain a concept. Stay tuned for more details on the model as this year’s SEMA show approaches.