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.