The family-friendly Kia Sorento is the Korean brand's best-selling model here in the U.S., finding its way to scores of American homes thanks to its blend of excellent overall value, respectable fuel efficiency and sporty driving dynamics. The all-new third-generation model, set to be revealed at the end of August 2014 in South Korea, will improve on the current car with more dynamic exterior styling, a larger footprint and crucially, more space in the third row.
The new 2016 Sorento was designed with input from Kia's design centers in Korea, the U.S. and Germany will seek to be appealing in a wide range of world markets.
We'll know more when we see the car in the flesh this August, but it looks to be a winning design that will move the now-larger Sorento slightly upmarket to better compete with the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The current model is known for its extremely cramped rear seat, and if the renderings are any indication, the new Sorento will be more spacious thanks to its larger footprint, positioning it properly as a 7-passenger vehicle, rather than a 5-passenger vehicle with a tacked-on emergency rear seat.
The new model is expected to share a platform with the recently redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe, which has received a strong critical reception for its ride quality. Power will most likely come from the Korean automaker's ubiquitous 3.3-liter direct-injection V6 within the neighborhood of 290 horsepower, though a four-cylinder engine might be offered as well in the name of better fuel efficiency. Power will be sent to the front wheels through an automatic transmission with at least 6 cogs, though AWD will once again be an option.
We'll bring you more when the 2016 Sorento is officially revealed, but expect it in Kia dealerships in the first half of 2015. Pricing is expected to rise slightly over the current model, which starts at $24,100.