Kia Motors, the biggest South Korean car manufacturer right behind Hyundai, and based out of Seoul has come up with a redone version of its bestseller Kia Sorento 2016, a mid size crossover SUV for the year 2016. Judging by it’s chiselled looks, and the extra mass it displays, this clearly is no twin brother of it’s predecessor and could easily compete with the Santa Fes’ the Cherokees and the Highlanders.
Kia Sorento 2016 Exterior and Interior
The new 3rd generation Kia Sorento’s unibody structure is 187.4 inches long, 74.4 inches broad and 66.5 inches high with a slightly enlarged wheel base of 109.4 inches. Kia Sorento 2016 has 17 inches, 18 inches and 19 inches alloy wheels for L, EX and SX models respectively. Other features, some of which are optional include automatic headlights, LED turn signal indicators, Panoramic Power Sunroof and adjustable Power Lift gate.
The redesigned interiors feel premium and luxurious touch wise, has extra leg space in the second row which can be completely flattened by a lever in rear cargo. Only V6 models will house 7 passengers while the rest have to be content with 5. Standard features include USB ports, Bluetooth, 4.3 inches TFT interface, auto dimming mirror, heated front row seats with 8 way power for passenger’s and 14 way for the driver’s seat as well as sound absorbent glass. The interior looks and feels premium with upholstery using Nappa leather.
The NHTSA or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US has recently awarded its highest rating of 5 stars to Kia Sorento which now comes with a wider base and better suspension and six airbags inside, front and side as well. Kia Sorento 2016 also features Forward Collision Warning System and Lane Departure system which unfortunately will only be available on the most expensive models. There is a rear traffic warning system as well as a rear view camera. The 10 speaker Clari-Fi software (HARMAN) playing your music is definitely an added delight.
Kia Sorento 2016 Engine Specs
The standard Kia Sorento 2016 L/LX has 2.4 litres 4 cylinder 16 valve 185 HP engine capacity with torque of 178 lbs. It comes with the standard FWD with a six speed auto transmission. A 2.0 litres of 240 HP@6000 RPM turbo charged, is available on the EX and the SX Limited. Average torque capacity of all Kia models exceeds 250 lbs. Towing capacity of FWD is from 2000 lbs to 3500 lbs and on the AWD versions it’s 2000 to 5000 lbs. Riding at the top is a 3.3 litres V6 inside a SX version with 290 HP @6400 RPM.
Fuel economy for L/LX 22/29 mpg for city/ highway and combined at 25 while the EX/SX versions will have 20/27 with a combined figure of 23. The V6 will provide 18/26 mpg and the combined economy will be 21.
Kia Sorento 2016 Price and Release Date
The approx price will start at 24900$ and rise up to a figure of 41,000$. The new Kia Sorento 2016 is a value addition crossover without any doubts with its sleekness, better features, panels and extra area available inside, not to forget its safety systems.