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2023 Kia Sorento styling changes follow what appears to be a refresh for the rest of the Kia lineup. Kia Motors plans to release it to launch its rebranding strategy.
Kia’s recent refresh of the 2019 model hasn’t prevented the Korean automaker from completely redesigning its next-generation crossover, which is the 2023 Kia Sorento. The new Sorrento, codenamed MQ4, is pioneering bold new designs for three-row carriers, even if the camouflage contained many design changes.
2023 Sorento Body Design
Like the Telluride, 2023 Kia Sorento has a prominent square front point and a new sweep grille that makes the cup look wider. The headlights integrated into the radiator grille provide tiger’s eye daytime LED running lights. They give a strong sense of stripes throughout the tiger’s eye. By slightly moving the rear of the A-pillar, Kia gives the Sorrento a more spacious design.
The Telluride influence is evident in the strong personality lines, upright taillights, and bold model name on the rear of the SUV. However, that’s not all Kia is thinking. The next generation in 2023 is expected to be equipped with new powertrains, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations.
2023 Sorento Rumored Engine
Currently, Kia offers V6 with 3.3-liter capacity and 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder engines in 2019 models. Each of them produces 290 HP and 185 HP. The new implanted powertrain will likely improve fuel efficiency while taking customers into an electric and hybrid future. The mid-size SUV stands on a new, lighter, and more powerful platform. With the new platform, Kia has expanded the crossover’s wheelbase by about 1.4 inches, allowing for more internal space.
Overall weight is reduced by just 119 pounds and average tensile strength is increased by 4%. This new architecture allows Kia to support both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Sorrento plug-in hybrid won’t be manufactured until next year. However, traditional hybrids were available at launch. The car is equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharger and a 59 HP electric motor, producing a total peak power of 227 HP.
Kia says the Sorrento hybrid is the strongest among the same class cars. Kia expects the model to control fuel economy mileage statistics for 39 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. It is difficult to decide what kind of style changes will occur. The front is disguised, but we can see some changes. The whole front of Sorrento has a new design that includes the hood, headlights, grille, and lower fascia. The front point seems to borrow some hints from Kia Telluride, with a Sorrento twist from the side. The tail redesign, which borrows from Telluride’s hints, is so subtle that it’s hard to pull off.
2023 Sorento Interior Update
Just expect major upgrades to the new generation’s interior. We anticipate to up to date materials, technologies, and features. Whenever Kia launches a commercial model of the next-gen Sorento, including the 2023 Kia Sorento, we should expect Kia to face very stiff competition.
Despite the decline in overall new car sales, crossovers continued to be sold, making it harder to find sales prospects. Sorrento is a bit outdated in its design, constrained by its fading platform. The new gen helps create a modern appearance in the consumers’ eyes.
Kia offers a new trim X-Line for Sorento buyers looking for something more rugged. The benefits of this variant include increasing the ground height by a little and increasing the approach and departure angles of the crossover to be further away from the damaged truck.
The X-Line Sorento also has an AWD system with a hill descent control, mid lock differential, special 20-inch X-Line wheels, and a larger roof rack. The X-Line kit can be used for high-end SX Prestige fairings. Other trim levels available for the Sorento 2023 are LX, SX, EX, and S.
In addition, the interior of the 2023 Kia Sorento looks fantastic. Besides the jog dial, there’s an optional touchscreen navigation system of 10.3 inches and a digital cluster of 12.3 inches. Customers can also get bouncy leather upholstery and metal inserts or open-porous wood accents. Kia mentions that the new Sorento will offer more spacious legroom and luggage than before. It is available in 6 and 7 seat configurations.
2023 Sorento Pricing
Standard protection features contain an enhanced system of collision, lane departure, and rear passengers warning, as well as lane, keep aid. In addition, the blind view monitor makes it easier for drivers to change lanes by providing video viewing of adjacent lanes within the cluster. 2023 Kia Sorento will be available in the second half of 2022. Its pricing has not been announced yet, but the SUV will be priced above the latest available model’s base price, which is $28,110.