Kia has introduced the 2014 U.S.-spec Sorento at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
This is more than just a simple facelift as the 2014 model year brings an all-new chassis, a new V6 GDI engine and further updates inside the cabin.
The all-aluminum V6 3.3-liter GDI engine produces 290 hp (216 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb-ft (341 Nm) of torque at 5,200 rpm. Power is channeled to either the front wheels or to all four with the optional AWD system. Kia is offering a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter GDI engine that replaces the old 4-cylinder 2.4-liter MPI. It's rated at 191 hp (142 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) at 4,250 rpm.
Regardless of the engine choice, the 2014 Sorento is sold as standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the hydraulic steering system of the 2013MY has been replaced by the Electric Motor Driven Power Steering.
In terms of design, the CUV's front and rear fascias have been updated, with the typical tiger-nose grille enhanced by an anodized silver metal or black mesh finish. Alloys are available in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on model.
Inside it has a redesigned instrument panel, while for the EX trim level now features a seven-inch TFT LCD that shows a digital speedometer surrounded by the tachometer, engine temp and fuel level analog instruments. The 2014 Sorento is the first Kia to come with a blind spot detection system by using sonar sensors.
The 2014 U.S.-spec Kia Sorento will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013.
Full details are available in the press release below.