Defying the norm in the midsize three-row SUV category, the 2024 Kia Sorento unveiled its revamped presence at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Boasting a boldly confident exterior makeover, an elevated premium interior featuring cutting-edge technology, and the introduction of the adventure-ready X-Pro variant, the Sorento refuses to lag behind. Drawing inspiration from the innovative features of the 2024 EV9, this model seamlessly blends advanced technology with rugged charm.
The 2024 Sorento will be available in LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-P trims, featuring the X-Line option for EX and above, and the X-Pro variant exclusively for SX-P. Expect the Sorento HEV and PHEV models to arrive at dealerships as 2025 models later in the coming year.
A Bold and Confident SUV Presence
The Sorento exudes confidence through the integration of Kia’s design philosophy, “Opposites United,” and the essence of “Bold for Nature.” Mirroring the acclaimed Telluride, the upright front hood and squared-off edges contribute to the Sorento’s commanding stance, featuring a modern twist with distinctive amber daytime running lights. The rear design unmistakably echoes the Telluride with vertical taillamps.
Borrowing a page from the EV9’s design, the Sorento showcases a wide, rectangular front grille paired with vertically stacked LED projector headlamps for a pronounced front profile. The futuristic touch comes from the Star Map lighting elements inspired by constellations in both the front and rear, while the broader skid plate garnish on the front and lower bumpers adds an extra touch of rugged allure.
Inside the cabin, the streamlined and contemporary aesthetic is enhanced by horizontal features such as air vents and controls, creating an atmosphere of openness. The focal point of the interior’s evolution is the optional panoramic curved display, seamlessly integrating dual 12.3-inch screens (standard is the panoramic panel with a 4.3-inch TFT and 12.3-inch screen). Drawing inspiration from the Telluride and Sportage, the Sorento now offers exterior color choices like Midnight Lake Blue and Dawning Red. For the upcoming HEV and PHEV versions in 2024, a luxurious Dust Blue interior color palette will be available, contributing to a serene and welcoming ambiance.
Tailored for Outdoor Enthusiasts: X-Line and X-Pro
For those seeking an extra touch of rugged style, the X-Line brings forth enhancements such as a center-locking differential, bridge-type roof rack, X-Line front and rear bumpers featuring a molded-in skid plate garnish, and a distinctive gloss-black front grille complemented by 20-inch gloss black wheels. Exterior branding includes X-Line emblems, and inside, the leather-trimmed seatbacks boast an embossed X-Line logo.
Catering to adventure enthusiasts, the X-Pro elevates its capability with standard 17-inch wheels equipped with larger tire sidewalls for BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, making it well-suited for tackling more challenging trails. With an increased towing capacity of up to 4,000 lbs., the X-Pro is equipped to tow a travel trailer, enhancing the camping experience. X-Pro emblems both inside and out signify the SUV’s adventurous spirit.
Responding to the rising popularity of earth-toned features in SUVs, both the X-Line and X-Pro offer rich interior color combinations in new Olive Brown and Sage tones. Inside the cabin, a matte, open-pore wood garnish contributes to an overall premium feel. On the exterior, the enticing Jungle Green is available, along with a unique Roadrider Brown inspired by the custom 2022 Sorento PHEV that participated in the 2021 Rebelle Rally.
Cutting-Edge Technology for the Digital Era
Continuing the legacy of the EV9, the Sorento becomes the second Kia model to feature the brand’s advanced Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) operating system, designed for the next generation. This state-of-the-art system boasts faster processing and higher fidelity, with frequently used Quick Controls easily accessible through a simple screen swipe. The Sorento is now equipped to receive over-the-air updates as part of this new system. Throughout the cabin, conveniently located USB-C ports ensure that mobile devices remain charged for passengers in all three rows. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard on all trims.
Adding to the technological enhancements is the available advanced ultrawideband-based Digital Key 2.0, enabling users to employ compatible Apple and Samsung smart devices or an NFC-enabled smart card as virtual vehicle keys for locking, unlocking, and driving. This cutting-edge technology allows drivers to unlock the Sorento without physically holding their smartphone and facilitates key-sharing with friends and family via text messages on compatible devices.
Kia’s array of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems includes 10 standard ADAS features, featuring an upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that can now detect pedestrians, cyclists, and oncoming vehicles when turning left at an intersection (FCA-JT), helping prevent collisions under certain circumstances. Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA) are among the other standard ADAS features.
New additions to the 2024 Sorento include Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning (SCC-ML), designed to adapt to the driver’s unique style by learning acceleration and braking patterns. The available Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA-2) with automatic lane change enhances driver convenience, maintaining a set distance from the vehicle in front, staying within detected lane markers on certain highways, and facilitating lane changes under specific conditions. Other available features encompass Digital Camera Mirror and Surround-View Monitor, providing an expanded view in reversing and parking scenarios through cameras positioned around the Sorento, offering a 360-degree perspective.
Offering both FWD and AWD options, the Sorento maintains a poised ride and consistent performance. The LX and S trims are equipped with the standard 2.5-liter I-4 GDI engine, generating 191 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The higher trims, including the X-Line and X-Pro, elevate the power quotient with a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 GDI, delivering 281 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque through an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
Active on-demand all-wheel drive, available on select trims and standard on the X-Line and X-Pro, is crafted to enhance driving performance across various conditions. Featuring a center locking differential capable of distributing power evenly between the front and rear wheels in challenging environments, this system incorporates torque vectoring to predict the optimal wheel for power utilization. This enhances traction, especially in corners, resulting in improved stability and more precise handling dynamics for the vehicle.