The Kia Sorento just saw a significant refreshing for 2014, but that hasn’t stopped Kia from being hard at work behind closed doors on the all-new next-gen model, expected to debut in late 2014 or early 2015 as a 2016 model. The new Sorento will be larger than before by a few inches, with additional length aimed squarely at improving space and comfort for third-row passengers.
The 7-seat Sorento has always been a value buy in the 7-passenger crossover segment, offering a good alternative to a minivan with sportier driving dynamics and relatively powerful engine options. In 2014 the base 4-cylinder model was dropped, leaving behind 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder and 3.3-liter GDI 6-cylinder engines, two motors that are expected to carry over to the new model. A hybrid option will also be reportedly available from day one. Kia’s suite of interior technology continues to improve with the brand’s Microsoft-powered UVO system, which is expected to get all the latest features that have appeared on the Cadenza premium sedan and K900 luxury car.
As for styling, test mules show a new bluffer, more upright stance with a revised grille and front end design that echo the new Cadenza. The butch treatment extends to the rear, where the old model’s tapering roofline is now square. This should improve cargo capacity slightly, as the Sorento has not been among the class leaders as of yet in cargo space.
In order to stay competitive, pricing will most likely equal the current 2015 model, which starts at $24,100 for the base LX.