Kia has unveiled the 2024 Sorento at the 2023 LA Auto Show, marking a refreshing update for one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles. The family SUV, available in five distinctive trims (LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-P), introduces a refreshing facelift and a range of new features.
Under the hood, the 2024 Sorento offers two powertrains. The base LX and S models come equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine, delivering 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Plusher trims, including those with the X-Line and X-Pro packages, feature a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, generating 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful model boasts an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, distinguishing it from the base trims. Front-wheel drive is standard on some trims, with optional all-wheel drive, while the X-Line and X-Pro trims come with standard AWD and a center-locking differential for enhanced off-road capabilities.
The exterior of the Sorento reflects a modern design philosophy, incorporating the “Opposites United” ethos. Noteworthy features include new headlights, a distinct grille inspired by the EV9 electric SUV, and Telluride’s beloved amber daytime running lights. The US market will have color options like Midnight Lake Blue and Dawning Red, with exclusive Dust Blue interior finish for electrified versions.
Inside, the cabin showcases a redesigned dashboard with upscale air vents and HVAC controls. A panoramic curved display, housing two 12.3-inch screens under a single panel, adds a touch of sophistication.
For adventure enthusiasts, Kia introduces the rugged X-Line and X-Pro trims. The X-Line features a bridge-type roof rack, model-specific front and rear bumpers, a gloss black grille, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The X-Pro takes it a step further with 17-inch wheels, BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, and an increased towing capacity of 4,000 pounds.
Technologically, the 2024 Sorento borrows features from the sophisticated EV9, becoming the second Kia in North America to feature the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system. The system allows over-the-air updates, and passengers benefit from wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Safety features include lane-keep assist, smart cruise control, and an available Highway Driving Assist 2 system.
The refreshed Sorento is set to hit dealerships in Q1 2024, with hybrid and PHEV variants expected to follow in 2025. Pricing details are anticipated closer to the on-sale date. Kia’s commitment to enhancing both performance and aesthetics ensures that the 2024 Sorento will continue to be a noteworthy contender in the competitive SUV market.