The 2024 Kia Sorento looks new in Los Angeles and gets an X-Pro model
- Kia is refreshing the Sorento models for 2024 and the Sorento Hybrid for 2025, with updated styling inspired by the Telluride and EV9.
- The engines continue, meaning every Sorento will get either a 191-hp 2.5-liter I4 or a 281-hp 2.5-liter I4 under its hood.
- Kia expects the 2024 Sorento to reach dealers in the first quarter of 2024, but the hybrid models are expected to reach dealers later next year as 2025 models.
The Kia Sorento gets a refresh for 2024 And 2025. Dividing into powertrains, Kia will roll out its updated Sorento and Sorento hybrid models through 2024.
Kia will launch ICE-only Sorento models in the first quarter of 2024, with hybrid versions coming later in 2024 as 2025 models. However, all Sorentos see updated interior and exterior design, and add an X-Pro model to the lineup.
Engines will be carried over from currently available Sorento options. Snow-only Sorento models will have either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 that sends 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission, or a turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 that ups that power. to 281 hp and 311 hp. lb-ft of torque.
The 2.5-liter turbo engine also pushes power through an eight-speed transmission, but it’s swapped to a wet dual-clutch transmission. Both engines are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive designs.
Kia hasn’t mentioned powertrains for the hybrid models yet, but those models will likely continue as well.
In terms of design, you will see that the updated Sorento does not represent a major change from the current models.
The updated Sorento features a redesigned front fascia with a new grille, stacked LED headlights that appear to be inspired by Kia’s EV9, and a redesigned bumper cover. The rear is largely unchanged but continues the design similarity to the Kia Telluride.
Inside, the Kia Sorento adds a massive curved glass display that houses two 12.3-inch displays. Like other Kia and Hyundai vehicles that feature this type of display, one 12.3-inch screen handles multimedia duties, while the other handles digital devices. The base Sorento will have a 4.3-inch display between the faces of the analogue gauge and a 12.3-inch media screen.
Looking to capitalize on continued interest in adventure, Kia is adding a more off-road-friendly X-Pro model to the Sorento lineup that rolls on a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and ups traction. Rated to 4000 pounds.
These updates don’t revolutionize crossovers, or push the Sorento to new heights, but they may help spur sales of the Sorento, which, according to GoodcarBadcar.net, moved 74,034 examples in the first 10 months of 2023.
This is roughly the same pace as last year’s deliveries of 87,147. We’ll be curious to see how these updates affect pricing as well, which currently starts at $31,415 for the Sorento.
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Wesley Wren has spent his whole life around cars, whether it was dressing up as his father’s 1954 Ford for Halloween as a kid, fixing cars in college or collecting vintage pieces of history — and most things in between. Wesley is the current host of a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, a 1975 Harley Davidson FXE and a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxy. Oh yeah, and a 2005 Kia Sedona.