While South Korea gets to enjoy the refreshed 2024 Kia Sorento, it seems the United States will have to wait at least another year. This marks a rare instance where the U.S. market misses out on an updated version of a new model.

Back in July, Kia introduced the refreshed Sorento in South Korea, showcasing a significant redesign of its front fascia and various interior updates. However, US buyers will have to make do with what essentially amounts to the pre-facelift version of the South Korean model for now.

Kia openly acknowledges that there are only minimal changes for the new model year. Interestingly, some of the official press images of the 2024 Sorento showcase a Runway Red example of the SUV, even though this color is no longer available for the Sorento Hybrid or PHEV models. Instead, a new Gravity Blue color takes its place, complemented by a Navy interior featuring special perforated leather seats and a touch of blue on the steering wheel. Additionally, models that previously featured a black headliner now sport a new gray headliner. These are the extent of the changes.

In terms of technology, there are no updates to report. The Sorento Hybrid retains its powertrain, consisting of a 1.6-liter direct injection gas engine paired with an electric motor, delivering a combined output of 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. The starting price for the base Sorento EX FWD model is $38,015, including destination charges, representing a $130 increase compared to the previous year. If you opt for the top-of-the-line hybrid variant, it will set you back at least $43,815.

For those interested in the plug-in hybrid version of the 2024 Sorento, it boasts a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine and a more potent electric motor, generating a total of 261 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) of torque. Power is distributed to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. The starting price for this model in the new model year is $51,315, which is $130 higher than the previous year. It's worth noting that there are no changes to the standard equipment.

As for the facelifted Sorento that's anticipated to arrive in the United States next year, it will feature new T-shaped headlights with an upper daytime running light strip flanking the brand’s logo. The Kia badge will no longer sit on the grille, as it will be repositioned at the bottom of the hood. Both the grille and the lower grille will receive a new design. Inside the cabin, a larger infotainment system display and a few minor revisions will be part of the updates.

Source: Kia

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Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
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