Just days ahead of its debut at the LA Auto Show, Kia is teasing the 2024 Sorento. And there should be some notable changes made to the popular crossover, as Headlight.News reports.
The Sorento has long been one of the bestselling crossovers out of South Korea and there’s been a lot of interest in what we’ll see when the 2024 Kia Sorento makes its debut at the LA Auto Show on Thursday.
Interest was peaked when Kia revealed a major update to the compact model during a media preview in Seoul back in July. But there’s been plenty of confusion ever since then about what sort of changes will be coming to the U.S. market. According to some reports, the American model would essentially be a carryover with only the most modest of updates.
Now, however, a teaser released just ahead of the Los Angeles unveiling suggests that the 2024 Sorento coming to the States will see much more significant changes.
“Accelerate your imagination. Peek into the future with a cutting-edge car reveal on 11.16.23,” Kia said in the terse text accompanying this teaser image.
Based on this teaser, and what we’ve already seen of the South Korean version, expect to see a significant update to the Tiger Nose grille that has been a signature element for all Kia products. Like other recent entries, the 2024 Sorento appears to be falling in line with some of the styling cues we’re seeing on the brand’s battery-electric vehicles, especially the new EV9.
Overall, the front end is more upright on the 2024 Sorento, with new, vertical headlamps, partial light bars that flow towards the center of the head, and a new bumper up front.
The South Korean reveal showed changes echoing those revisions on the back end of the new crossover. The tail also gets a new “Star Map” graphic.
One of the more intriguing details seen on the Korean model is a new skid plate. In general, we’ve been seeing automakers add new, off-road oriented versions of their utility vehicles. Subaru, for one, will show off its newly remade 2024 Forester at the LAAS, including a rugged Wilderness model. And Kia seems to be heading in the same direction.
While Kia hasn’t offered any imagery of the American Sorento’s interior we can also draw some conclusions from what was unveiled in Seoul.
The entire interior has been updated and, among other things, the crossover gets a new curved screen bringing together twin 12.3-inch gauge and infotainment screens. The dash also features a new air vent design.
The 2024 Sorento is expected to get the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit, or ccNC, now offered on several other vehicles sold by both Kia and its Korean sibling Hyundai. The semi-autonomous system uses digital navi data when operating on active cruise control, among other things.
There may be some notable differences between the 2024 gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models beyond their powertrains, according to some reports. We’ll have to wait for confirmation on Thursday when we get a first look at the 2024 Kia Sorento.
In an unfortunate bit of bad timing, the launch of the Sorento comes just as NHTSA launches a probe of the popular Korean crossover looking into reports of engine power losses involving 2016-2017 models equipped with Kia’s six-cylinder 3.3-liter Lambda II engine.