Kamis, 05 September 2013

Spied: 2015/2016 Kia Sorento

It seems like just yesterday the refreshed 2014 Kia Sorento received nips and tucks, but already the automaker is preparing to go under the knife once again, this time for a full-on redesign. Spy photographers got their first glimpse at the covered-up Sorento in Germany, with what looks to be a new nose.

While the Kia Sorento prototype still has the “tiger nose” grille, it appears to have an updated version of it. The 2014 Sorento was updated with a sleeker front grille that blended in with the headlights to appear as one solid piece. This prototype appears to have a chunkier and more squared-off grille like the one found on the 2014 Forte. While it’s hard to tell what else lies underneath the camouflage, expect a new headlight design to complement the new grille. Moving to the back, the Sorento prototype also appears to have a new taillight design and a sharkfin-like antennae in place of the current car’s more conventional one. As for changes inside, the refreshed Sorento addressed issues we had with the cheap-looking interior by using higher-grade materials, so we don’t expect much to change inside.
 Earlier this year, we previewed a future three-row Kia SUV in the form of the Cross GT concept. Whether Kia will offer two versions of the Sorento like Hyundai with the Santa Fe is unclear, but expect to see a few toned-down Cross GT styling cues on future Kia SUVs.

The 2014 Kia Sorento continues to offer four- and six-cylinder engines, both of which received updates with the refresh. The new four-cylinder is a direct-injection 2.4-liter engine that makes 191 hp, while the more powerful one is a new 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 that replaced the previous 3.5-liter V-6. Both mills are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s unknown if the next-gen Sorento will see any changes underneath the hood, but if we look to its Hyundai Santa Fe platform-mate for ideas, a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 264 hp is a possibility. While we were quite impressed with the refreshed Sorento, there was still room for improvement. 
 
Thanks to: Motor Trend

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