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Los Angeles 2014: Kia updates US-spec 2016 Sorento

Los Angeles 2014: Kia updates US-spec 2016 Sorento image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Newspress USA, Kia | posted November 20, 2014 11:29

Will be powered by three engines

Kia has officially revealed the 2016 US-spec Sorento at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As previously reported, the 2016 US-spec Sorento is larger than the previous model with a wheelbase of 2769mm and an overall width of 1905mm. In terms of design, it looks similar to its Euro-spec counterpart which made its debut at Paris.

Up front, the 2016 US-spec Sorento is fitted with redesigned fog lamps along with chrome accent as seen on the front air intakes and side mirrors. The headlight design design of the 2016 Sorento is narrower compared to the previous model. Other design tweaks seen on the 2016 Sorento include the three-dimensional grill pattern, long hood and sloping roofline.

The rear of the 2016 US-Spec Kia Sorento

At the rear, the 2016 Sorento is equipped with a redesigned taillights and bumper. It also comes with a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a shark fin antenna and 17 to 19-inch chrome alloy wheels.

The interior of the 2016 US-Spec Kia Sorento

Inside, Kia says the 2016 Sorento features high-quality and soft-touch materials as seen on the instrument panel, center console and door panels. The higher-end variants of the 2016 Sorento comes with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone HVAC and a panoramic sunroof. Other options include a 12-speaker Infinity audio system and a UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch display.

The 2016 US-spec Sorento will be powered by three engines. The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine delivers 188 PS and 241 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine generates 243 PS and 352 Nm of torque while the 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine produces 294 PS with 341 Nm. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.