2016 Kia Sorento readies for October 2nd premiere

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 by

Clearly a case of evolution rather than a ground up redesign, the 2016 Sorento now looks more determined than ever before, with angular headlamps and a sizeable tiger nose grille adorning the frontal section of the Korean SUV. Along the length of the Sorento, it is subtle indentations that work themselves into the bodywork, while the rear end is home to prominent LED tail lamps which wrap around the ends and a collection of clean, straight contours.

2016 Kia Sorento front

Compared to the previous-generation model, the enlarged exterior dimensions and 80mm extended wheelbase have liberated additional space in the cabin of the 2016 . Although the roof line is 15 mm lower, repositioned seat cushions improve headroom for occupants in all three rows. Cargo space also increases with a longer cargo bay floor and the capacity to stow up to 605 litres with the third row seats folded flat. Available in 5- or 7-seat versions, the second row seats of the 7-seat version is equipped with ‘remote folding’ controlled by two levers on the side of the cargo bay.

2016 Kia Sorento interior

Depending on the market, features will include: an Around-View Monitor with four cameras helping the driver to manoeuvre when parking and a Smart Power Tailgate. The latter opens the tailgate automatically when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, so owners can slide their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle.

2016 Kia Sorento interior side

Five engines are available with the new Sorento, depending on country, offering power outputs ranging from 172 to 270 horsepower. These include a 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) unit, 2.4-liter and 3.3-liter multi-point injection (MPI) engines, and revised 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter ‘R’ turbo-diesel units.

2016 Kia Sorento interior

At the front, an all-new electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), available as either standard or optional equipment depending on country, is mounted directly onto the steering rack – rather than the steering column as on the outgoing model. This provides greater steering feel and quicker response, ensuring that new Sorento will be among the more agile vehicles in its segment.

2016 Kia Sorento interior rear

The fully-independent suspension retains the format of the outgoing model (MacPherson Struts at the front and Kia’s multi-link system at the rear), but features a range of modifications. At the rear, the subframe supporting the suspension has larger bushings to better isolate it from the cabin and the larger shock absorbers are now mounted vertically behind the axle line, improving body control motion.

One Response to 2016 Kia Sorento readies for October 2nd premiere

  1. Suyapa Reply

    November 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

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