The refreshed variant of the 2023 Kia Sorento has been confirmed, and we expect its arrival next year. After few years of great selling, the manufacturer decided to make some changes to its flagship SUV. First of all, the design is much more handsome, and the Sorento will come with a nicely appointed cabin, comfortable for a small family. Inside, this model offers three rows of seats and enough room to fit seven passengers.
Unlike the Telluride, the Sorento is the only Kia model that is available with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid system, providing excellent fuel efficiency. The entire package is cohesive and has plenty of standard features, making the Sorento one of the best options in its class.
2023 Kia Sorento Redesign
The exterior design of the 2023 Kia Sorento will gain mild refreshments. The Sorento combines a rugged and premium look with Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille that flows into a horizontal LED headlight. In general, the exterior of this flagship SUV can change a bit, choosing upper trim levels.
For example, the S trim adds exterior black accents, roof rails, and a more attractive wheel. However, going for the SX-Prestige model, you’ll get a revised bumper with skid plates, a roof rack, and a distinct “Rust Color” package. Overall, this model is well-proportioned, and its size is close to Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe models.
On the inside, the forthcoming 2023 Kia Sorento will be much more modern. This SUV will receive some upgrades, and we can expect much more premium materials and technology. The dashboard is cleaner than before, and it`s available with a large 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
We also like the rest of the design that blends rhombus-shaped air vents, stitched surfaces on the door panels and seat inserts, and integrated ambient lighting. Like the previous generation, the new Sorento will come with a third row of seats, on which the second-row bench can be swapped for a pair of captain’s chairs.
2023 Kia Sorento Offering a Choice of Four Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Kia Sorento is available in a wide selection of engine options. First and the standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that produces 191-hp. However, besides this engine, the manufacturer also offers a more potent turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 281-hp. Both units come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The eco-friendly Sorento hybrid is available as well, and it combines a turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a great 44.0-kW electric motor.
Together they generate a total of 227 horsepower. However, this setup comes with a front-wheel drive. Kia also offers a plug-in version that features the same engine and transmission. However, unlike the hybrid one, the PHEV makes a combined 261 horsepower and has a larger 66.9-kW electric motor. This model comes exclusively with all-wheel drive only.
How Much Will the 2023 Kia Sorento Cost?
The debut of the new 2023 Kia Sorento will be most likely to happen next year. Many presume that it will arrive in the summertime. As we mentioned, the upcoming flagship SUV will be much closer to Kia Telluride, and we can expect a boost in price.
The current model starts at $30,000, while the new one should cost an additional $2000 for the base variant. The hybrid model will be around 37,000, and the PHEV variant should stick to $42,000.