The fourth-generation Kia Sorento arrived a few years back with a design that’s still hot today. However, this segment is on fire. And in order to compete with the VW Atlas, Honda Pilot, or Nissan Pathfinder, a refreshed 2024 Sorento is on its way with a few styling tweaks.
The current generation went into production in 2020 and it’s pretty sexy, especially if you look back at the first Sorentos from 2002 onward. But Kia likes to keep its designs fresh and constantly evolving.
Like most automakers, the Korean brand uses the mid-life refresh which comes three years into the life cycle of a vehicle. Development and testing has already begun in preparation for what will likely be a debut in 2023. However, you don’t have to wait that long to see the 2024 model year Sorento and plan your next mid-sized crossover purchase.
According to the website Kolesa, this is what you can expect from the new model. A simple visual update at the front leaves the Sorento looking much more like its little brother, the Sportage, and the cheaper Seltos.
Pay close attention and you’ll notice how the line at the nose of the car has become very sharp. The design of its grille has also become more intricate, and they’ve also made the headlights narrower by installing a strip of metallic trim underneath.
Kia has some of the coolest taillights in the game, and the refreshed 2024 Sorento should not disappoint. The rear rendering of the SUV suggests we can expect a wrap-around element connecting all the previously available lighting elements. This is a feature on a few other Kia models already.
The interior hasn’t been “revealed” by the rendering artist, but we expect the latest design to be applied. Kia has been using large dual 12.3-inch screens to create a wrap-around display in many of its newer vehicles.
Engines? The 2021 Sorento made its US debut with four-cylinder engines. The base 2.5-liter made 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 2.5-liter turbo currently gets 281 horsepower but could be upgraded to as much as 300 hp with a little extra torque on the side. The most expensive Sorentos cost about $46,000 and come with a plug-in hybrid drive producing 261 hp from a 1.6 turbo combined with a powerful electric motor. But those are difficult to find these days, and probably don’t require improvements.