Refreshed 2024 Kia Sorento tackles Colorado’s winter wilderness

(March 13, 2024) TABERNASH, Col. — Set against the backdrop of the majestic Colorado Rockies, the refreshed 2024 Kia Sorento embarked on a journey along picturesque alpine roads for its national press introduction this week, where members of the media ventured through the winter wilderness and immersed themselves in the rugged appeal of the newly introduced Sorento X-Pro trim.

As part of the 2024 Sorento lineup’s refresh, this SUV showcases a boldly confident exterior redesign, a premium interior equipped with a variety of Kia’s next-generation technology, and the newly added X-Pro variant that is equipped for exhilarating outdoor excursions.

“There’s no better place to demonstrate the Sorento X-Pro’s capability than Colorado’s Rocky Mountain high-altitude terrain,” said Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America. “Equipped with standard all-wheel drive and standard BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, the Sorento X-Pro is designed to thrive in this winter wonderland.”

The 2024 Sorento is on sale now in LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-P trims, with the X-Line available on EX and above and X-Pro on SX-P. The electrified Sorento Hybrid and PHEV models are anticipated to hit dealerships later this year as 2025 models.

The Sorento’s confident stance was achieved by combining Kia’s “Opposites United” design philosophy with the concept of “Bold for Nature.” The upright front hood and squared off edges are reminiscent of the award-winning Telluride, with its distinctive amber daytime running lights reimagined on the Sorento for a sleek and modern aesthetic.

Around back, vertical taillamps are unmistakably Telluride. From the EV9’s playbook, the Sorento boasts a broad and rectangular front grille, complemented by vertically stacked LED projector headlamps that emphasize the front end. The constellation inspired Star Map lighting elements in the front and rear lend the Sorento a futuristic edge, while the front and lower bumpers incorporate a wider cosmetic skid plate for extra rugged appeal.

Within the cabin, horizontal features such as the air vents and controls give the interior a streamlined and modern aesthetic, creating a sense of openness. At the heart of the interior’s transformation is a panoramic curved display that integrates dual 12.3-inch screens (panoramic panel with 4.3-inch TFT and 12.3-inch screen is standard). Borrowed from the Telluride and Sportage, the Sorento’s exterior color options now include Midnight Lake Blue and Dawning Red. In the hybrid and PHEV versions scheduled later this year, an available lush Dust Blue interior color palette provides a relaxed and inviting ambiance.

The X-Line continues to add an extra dose of rugged flair with a center-locking differential, bridge-type roof rack, X-Line front and rear bumpers with a molded-in cosmetic skid plate, a unique gloss-black front grille and 20-inch gloss black wheels. X-Line emblems appear on the exterior and inside, and available Syntex-trimmed seatbacks are embossed with the X-Line logo.

For those seeking greater adventures, the X-Pro scales up its capability with standard 17-inch wheels offering a larger tire sidewall for standard BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, a set-up designed for tackling more challenging trails. With increased towing capacity up to 4,500 lbs., the X-Pro can tow a variety of travel trailers for an elevated camping adventure.  X-Pro emblems inside and out signal the SUV’s presence.

In response to the growing popularity of earth-toned elements in SUVs, both X-Line and X-Pro offer rich interior color combinations in new Olive Brown and Sage hues. A matte, open pore simulated wood garnish completes the overall premium feel inside the cabin. On the outside, an alluring Jungle Green color is available, as well as a unique Roadrider Brown inspired by the custom 2022 Sorento PHEV that competed in the 2021 Rebelle Rally.

The Sorento, available in front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The LX and S trims come standard with the 2.5-liter I-4 GDI engine that produces 191 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Upper trims including the X-Line and X-Pro deliver a power boost with 281 horses and 311 lb.-ft. of torque via a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 GDI matched to an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (DCT).