Kia has introduced the 2016 Sorento at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Kia has introduced the 2016 Sorento at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the Asian and European variants, the the US-spec model has an upscale design with a "tiger-nose" grille that features a three-dimensional diamond pattern. The crossover also has sweptback headlights, a gently sloping roofline and a higher beltline. Other notable highlights include chrome trim, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 17- to 19-inch alloy wheels.

The entry-level model is sparsely equipped but features air conditioning, faux wood trim and a touchscreen infotainment system with a tiny 4.3-inch display. However, higher-end variants offer Nappa leather upholstery, heated / ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof. Other options include a 12-speaker Infinity audio system and a UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch display.

Under the hood, three engines will be available. The entry-level model has a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that develops 185 bhp (138 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm) of torque. Moving up to the turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder rewards buyers with 240 bhp (179 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Last but not least, there's a 3.3-liter GDI V6 with 290 bhp (216 kW) and 252 lb-ft (341 Nm) of torque.

All three engines are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

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