Three engines were announced for the 2013 model, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder boosted to 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter V6 with 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. We can expect these engines to carry over to the newest generation Sorento.
The testing so soon after the announcement of the 2013 probably means some significant changes under the hood. The company hinted at the possibility of a diesel engine already, and it would make sense in the Sorento because it is the largest vehicle in the company’s lineup. A hybrid variant is also a distinct possibility, but nothing has been confirmed by Kia. On the other end of the spectrum from these two fuel-friendly solutions, a turbo model based off the Sportage Turbo could also be in the works, an especially likely possibility because the last two sets of spy photos we have seen of the car it has been on the track.
Style-wise the new CUV looks a little sleeker than the current generation, which embraces a slightly boxy look. Something else to note, the Sorento was seen testing alongside an Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK, indicating they’ve upped the benchmark for the updated crossover.
GALLERY: 2014 Kia Sorento