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Kia Sorento Interior Design Revealed In New Pictures
The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento SUV is not set to go on sale in Korea till next month, but Kia hasalready decided to share a few (interior) pictures of the new model.
Included in this news post are also some additional details, including the new convenience features, dimensions and the Korean-market pricing.
Read further to learn more about the next-generation 2016 Sorento!
The Sorento will fit between the larger Mohave SUV and the smaller Sportage SUV in the current Kia line-up.
Interior Design Pictures
As far as styling goes, the Sorento shares some features of the newly launched Sedona minivan. That particular model has received some nice praise for its style in a market that is usually quite bland.
Kia said that the new design can best be described as “bold and Premium,” which is very much in line with their goal of brand refinement.
A strong hood design sets the tone for the styling of the new model, with rounded shoulders and the addition of strong sheet metal giving the car a sportier, muscular stance.
The addition of chrome around the window sill, as well as blacked out B and C pillars helps add to the upscale look. Also features is an angled rear quarter window merged with a large D pillar.
The all-new Sorento also features a massive panoramic sunroof, wraparound 3D LED tail lights, a shark fin antenna, and a spoiler that acts as a stop light over the curved rear window.
Improved Pedestrian Safety
The vehicle also comes with an active hood design that is in place to protect pedestrians in the event of a crash.
The higher trim levels also come with a smart tailgate and an around view monitoring system.
The new model is longer than before, stretching an additional 90mm to 4,780mm in length, while the wheelbase adds 80mm. These additions should deliver improvements to the overall driving dynamics.
Kia has worked on the underbody tray in an attempt to dampen road noise, which should lead to a quitter ride with less vibration and harshness. The undertray now cover 2.5 times more than the outgoing model.
In an effort to improve NVH, Kia has opted to use high tensile steel in the construction of the car.
53% of the frame of the new Sorento is constructed from that material. The use of high strength steel means that the car handles better and is safer in crashes.
Further bolstering the structure of the car is the use of structural adhesives, with the vehicle featuring twice as much as the nearest competitor. Rigidity and sound dampening are improved with the use of these adhesives.
Diesel Engines, Price
There will be a pair of diesel powertrains offered in South Korea, with pricing for the 2016 Sorento dependent on that.
The base model will feature a 2.0-liter E-VGT engine and will carry a starting sticker price of 27.65 million won (US$26,810).
The Noblesse Special trim level comes in at 34.6 million won and will feature the 2.2-liter E-VGT diesel engine found on the Luxury trim for 29.25 million won.
Kia has yet to release any specifics regarding how the model will be equipped in the US and other overseas markets. What can be expected is that a gasoline engine will be available, as well as other features that will be dependent on trim level.