2015 Kia Sorento Trim Level Changes, Improvements
It was just over a year ago when Kia first showed off their redesigned Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Rather than just delivering a simple facelift, Kia went all out by delivering an all-new chassis, a new GDI V6 engine, a totally restyled interior, and their next generation infotainment system.
The changes have served warning to the rest of the vehicles in the CUV segment that the
Sorento is ready to take on all comers by delivering a high level of value and sophistication.
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2015 Trim Levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited
There is the 3.3-liter GDI V6 that delivers 290 hp at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm.
There is also a 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder that produces 191 hp at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 4,250 rpm, and all while delivering some fantastic fuel efficiency numbers.
Drivers have the option of going with front-wheel drive or sending power to all four wheels using the Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system.
That particular system comes with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that allows for greater vehicle control when driving on less than perfect road conditions.
Regardless of the engine chosen, the new 2015 Sorento comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Electric Motor Driven Power Steering is also standard to improve steering efficiency, going quickly from lock to lock in under 3 turns of the steering wheel.
Minor Design Changes For 2015 Model Year
There are great looking design elements to be found both inside and out. The new exterior style is one that exudes aggression thanks to a lower ride and a broader appearance that comes courtesy of newly styled front and rear fascias.
The now familiar Kia grille has undergone something of a style change, with anodized silver and black mesh giving it a whole new look. There is also a lower valance that allows air into the GDI engine.
The car has what appears to be eyebrows, but which are in fact LED positioning lamps that offset the projector-style headlights.
All trim models have available fog lights, which hold a unique spot at the far corners of the rear bumpers to increase visibility.
Staying in the rear, you will also find LED combination lamps that work in conjunction with the back-up lights and turn signals to create a warm corona that will make the Kia Sorento very recognizable when on the road and seen from behind.
No Major Changes Inside
The interior is the perfect blend of comfort and technology. There is a 7-inch TFT LCD found on the center gauge cluster of the EX and LX trim models.
The screen shows off a digital speedometer and is flanked on either side by analog instruments that display all the relevant vehicle functions in a way that is easy to read.
There is a definite upscale, modern feel to the appearance of the center stack, with all the buttons arranged in a way that make it easy for the driver to use effortlessly.
There is also a large 8-inch touch screen that integrates all kinds of different technology. Drivers will have access to navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio with up to the minute road information.
Bluetooth delivers hands-free connectivity, and you can chill to the music played on the killer Infinity audio system that comes standard.
Also included is the UVO eServices infotainment system that delivers entertainment and telematics. Navigation can also be uncoupled from the system if the driver so desires. [Source: Kia]