Kia updates the Sorento for 2024, and Sorento hybrid models for 2025, with refreshed styling inspired by the Telluride and EV9.
Powertrains carry over, which means every Sorento will get either a 191-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 or a 281-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 under their respective hoods.
Kia expects the 2024 Sorento to hit dealers in the first quarter of 2024, but hybrid models are expected to hit dealers later next year as 2025 models.
The Kia Sorento is getting an update for 2024 and 2025. Split along powertrains, Kia is staggering its updated Sorento and Sorento hybrid models across 2024.
Kia is launching its ICE-only Sorento models in the first quarter of 2024, with the hybrid variants coming later in 2024 as 2025 models. Still, all Sorentos see updated interior and exterior styling, and add the X-Pro model to the lineup.
The powertrains will carry over from the currently available Sorento options. The ICE-only Sorento models will sport either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 that sends 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic, or a turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 that cranks that power to 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque.
The turbocharged 2.5-liter also pushes power through an eight-speed transmission, but it’s swapped to a wet dual-clutch transmission. Both powertrains are available in front-wheel-drive layouts and with all-wheel drive.
Kia hasn’t mentioned the powertrains for the hybrid models, yet, but those will likely carry over as well.
On the styling front, you’ll see the refreshed Sorento does not represent a huge change from the current models.
The updated Sorento features a redesigned front fascia with a new grille, stacked LED headlights that look inspired by the Kia EV9, and a redesigned bumper cover. The rear is largely unchanged but continues the styling similarities with the Kia Telluride.
On the inside, the Kia Sorento adds a massive curved glass display that packs a pair of 12.3-inch screens. Like the other Kia and Hyundai vehicles that feature this kind of display, one 12.3-inch screen handles the multimedia duties, while the other handles digital instrumentation. Base model Sorentos will feature a 4.3-inch screen between analog gauge faces with a 12.3-inch media screen.
Looking to take advantage of continued interest in adventuring, Kia is adding a more off-road-friendly X-Pro variant to the Sorento lineup that rolls on a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and cranks the towing rating to 4000 pounds.
These updates don’t revolutionize the crossover, or push the Sorento to new heights, but they might help spark the Sorento’s sales, which, according to GoodcarBadcar.net has moved 74,034 examples in the first ten months of 2023.
This is roughly the same pace as last year’s 87,147 deliveries. We’ll be curious to see how these updates affect pricing, too, which currently starts at $31,415 for the Sorento.
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