- 2016 Kia Sorento will be longer and wider than outgoing model
- Changes allow Kia to add room to third-row seat and cargo area
- New Sorento will also offer a wide array of new options and features
Kia has officially released a few new details about its upcoming Sorento crossover, which is newly redesigned for the 2016 model year. The most important information relates to the upcoming Sorento’s size, which Kia says will be slightly bigger than last year’s model.
According to Kia, the 2016 Sorento now stands at 188 in inches length, which places it more on par with rivals such as the Toyota Highlander (191.1 in), the Honda Pilot (191.4 in) and the Ford Explorer (197.1 in). Last year’s Sorento was just 184.4 inches in length, which is closer to compact-crossover territory than the midsize-SUV segment.
In addition to its increased length, the 2016 Sorento will also boast a slightly wider body than today’s model. According to Kia, the larger dimensions will help the crossover add interior volume where it needs the largest increase: in the cargo area and for passengers riding in the third-row seat.
Kia also recently announced some features that crossover shoppers can expect from the all-new Sorento. Although the automaker hasn’t confirmed which items are standard and which are optional, Kia says that the 2016 Sorento will offer a 360-degree camera, power second-row seats, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert.
Kia has not yet announced other details about the Sorento, including pricing and powertrains. We expect to learn more about those attributes as the crossover gets closer to its North American debut later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
What it means to you: The 2016 Kia Sorento is adding a new size and new equipment to battle it out with some top midsize-SUV rivals.