Looking at the 2016 Kia Sorento one would think that the new look is more of a facelift than a redesign. Kia already tried to market a facelifted 2013 Sorento as a new model but no one fell for it. This time around the 2016 Sorento is considered new inside and out. It is larger and better looking than the current model, and is more technologically advanced to keep up with the times.
According to Kia the new design is an evolution of the brand’s hallmark features combined with visual elements influenced by the Cross GT concept. It’s evident that Kia wants to make the new model easily recognizable as a Sorento. The grill and headlights are larger, but similar to the current model, and the bumper and fog lights don’t differ much either. The tailgate is redesigned but the D-pillars and profile remain practically the same as well. The Cross GT influence, on the other hand, is basically non-existent. Then again, we’re basing it on only three press photos. Perhaps different angles will reveal the influence Kia is talking about.
Although the design isn’t as inspiring as it could be, its bulkier and more aggressive stance will command more respect against strong competition from Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and it’s cousin, Hyundai Santa Fe.