2024 Kia Sorento Bows at Los Angeles Auto Show
The redesigned 2024 Kia Sorento was introduced earlier this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, bringing with it multiple improvements that will allow it to further stand out in its segment. These enhancements include a confident facelift characterized by a boxy, upright hood and innovative Star Map lighting; a tech-savvy, futuristic cabin featuring a panoramic curved display with Kia’s new Connected Car Navigation Cockpit system; the introduction of the rugged X-Pro variant which is designed for outdoor adventure with enhanced towing capacity and off-road equipment; and the anticipation of electrified HEV and PHEV models later in 2024.
Exterior Redesign: A Fusion of Ruggedness and Technology
The 2024 Sorento’s exterior design embodies Kia’s “Opposites United” philosophy, blending nature-inspired boldness with futuristic elements. The front of the vehicle features a broad, rectangular grille and vertically stacked LED projector headlamps, drawing inspiration from the EV9. Its daytime running lights and vertical taillamps echo the design of the Telluride. The Star Map lighting elements at the front and rear add a contemporary touch, while the wider skid plate garnish enhances its rugged appeal.
Interior Upgrades: Combining Luxury and Functionality
Inside, the Sorento boasts a panoramic curved display integrating dual 12.3-inch screens, offering a modern and spacious feel. Horizontal air vents and controls contribute to the streamlined aesthetic. Colour options such as Midnight Lake Blue and Dawning Red are now available, and the HEV and PHEV models feature an optional Dust Blue interior. The interior design is completed with rich colour combinations in Olive Brown and Sage, and a matte, open pore wood garnish.
X-Line and X-Pro Variants: Tailored for Adventure
The X-Line variant adds features like a centre-locking differential, roof rack, and special bumpers with skid plate garnish, while the X-Pro escalates its off-road capability with 17-inch wheels, BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, and an impressive towing capacity of 4,000 pounds. Both variants exhibit unique exterior and interior emblems and offer a Jungle Green and Roadrider Brown colour choice.
Technological Innovations: Advanced and User-Friendly
The 2024 Sorento incorporates the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system, enabling faster processing and over-the-air updates. It features USB-C ports, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an advanced ultrawideband-based Digital Key 2.0. The vehicle also includes Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems with features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.
The Sorento’s performance is anchored by its 2.5-litre I-4 GDI base engine that delivers a potent 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, while upper trims, including the X-Line and X-Pro, are powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged I-4 GDI engine that offers a healthy 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. This gives the Sorento more torque than the vast majority of its rivals, providing a dynamic and exciting experience behind the wheel that also shines when it comes to efficiency. Active on-demand all-wheel drive is standard, enhancing the vehicle’s handling and stability in even the most difficult conditions.
The 2024 Kia Sorento stands out in the midsize SUV market with its bold exterior redesign, premium interior enhancements, and the introduction of the adventure-ready X-Pro variant. Its integration of advanced technology, combined with consistent performance and a variety of safety features, positions it as a competitive option in its segment. The Sorento is set to be available in multiple trims, including HEV and PHEV models, catering to a wide range of consumer needs and preferences.